Main definitions of fingering in English

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fingering1

noun

  • 1[mass noun] A manner or technique of using the fingers, especially to play a musical instrument.

    • ‘The principle that fingering can enhance articulation appears to have been observed in earlier keyboard performance, though the extent of its application is disputed.’
    • ‘The text implies that students go directly from five-finger positions to hands-together scales with traditional fingering.’
    • ‘If it is audible, Steve can recreate it and then improve on it with his precise fingering and whiplash strumming.’
    • ‘However guitar aficionados might consider the remixes a bit of a letdown after all the nimble plucking, strumming and fingering which precedes them.’
    • ‘Bearing in mind he always thought orchestrally, we had to establish exactly the right fingering.’
    • ‘She heard the first song end and Emily found herself fingering along to ‘Vesuvius’ as the band played.’
    • ‘When playing a full orchestral or band score, distributing the notes between the hands and making choices regarding fingering can be challenging.’
    • ‘He crouched down and took to the table, changing his fingering so that the cue rested between his thumb and first finger.’
    • ‘Finger positions can be marked for the suggested fingering of the chord.’
    • ‘The legendary laúd player from the Buena Vista Social Club exhibits blisteringly fast fingering on his traditional Cuban lute.’
    • ‘Without knowing the playing techniques of the ancient musicians, though, we were limited to testing the pitches that could be made with simple fingering.’
    • ‘Video Nine, Fingering, discusses what is good fingering and why.’
    • ‘He wasn't even bothering to look at his fingering on the fret board.’
    • ‘The trio followed with Handel's Sonata in G Minor with its demanding variations in the movements calling for crisp fingering and contemplative playing.’
    • ‘Sometimes we talk about the importance of good fingering, but the key is to have the student play the passage with the correct fingering, a specific number of times.’
    • ‘Not the least to his own amusement, he improvised his fingering accordingly for the rest of the night.’
    1. 1.1[count noun]An indication of fingering in a musical score.
      • ‘Pedal markings have been carefully placed, and fingerings have been suggested for several passages.’
      • ‘We wish students would understand that fingerings actually make the music easier to play.’
      • ‘The editing includes dynamic markings and pedal indications but no fingerings.’
      • ‘Also, be prepared to write in all pedal markings and fingerings.’
      • ‘By the end of the first six weeks, students were expected to carefully work out and comfortably learn all notes, rhythms, fingerings, dynamics and articulations.’
      • ‘Spacing is quite open, fingerings are excellent and score markings are generally minimal, leaving much to the interpretation of the teacher and student.’
      • ‘The measures are numbered for ease in ensemble playing and rehearsing, but there are no fingerings given, few articulation suggestions and only an occasional dynamic marking - essentially this is an Urtext edition.’
      • ‘Write down chords, words, fingerings, time signatures - anything that will help other musicians figure out what you're doing.’
      • ‘I have never seen such creative scale fingerings!’
      • ‘Originally the term denoted an edition that simply eliminated the fingerings, metronome marks, phrase marks, and other indications added by later editors in so many publications of the Classical and Romantic repertory.’
      • ‘Many transcriptions increase the difficulty of the original étude, but Godowsky's fingerings and exercises are useful in mastering each study.’
      • ‘For early-intermediate students who are still refining their music-reading skills, which is true for most of mine, those myriad of fingerings are a distraction at best.’
      • ‘There's almost no revamping of Baroque or Classical keyboard fingerings, and the rhythm taps out more lyrically than I find in Stravinsky.’
      • ‘Do not slavishly adhere to traditional scale and arpeggio fingerings, especially in repertoire written after the mid-nineteenth century.’
      • ‘Lastly, you probably felt in your nervous system the physical feeling of playing - the location of the notes on your instrument, the gestures and fingerings that correspond to them - even without moving your arms and fingers.’
      • ‘Almost all the double-note passages are to be played legato and have no fingerings to help the nonprofessional.’
      • ‘The editing is good, with some fingering provided, and the page layout is clear and easy to read.’
      • ‘The music is clearly printed and includes well-placed pedal markings and good fingering.’
      • ‘The score contains helpful fingerings and expressive markings, but most pedaling indications are directives such as ‘pedal sparingly.’’
      • ‘Using my own fingerings, I was able to play the cadenza much faster than usually done.’

Pronunciation:

fingering

/ˈfɪŋɡ(ə)rɪŋ/

Main definitions of fingering in English

: fingering1fingering2

fingering2

noun

dated
  • [mass noun] Fine wool for hand knitting.

Origin

Early 17th century (as fingram): perhaps from French fin grain fine grain. Compare with grogram and grosgrain.

Pronunciation:

fingering

/ˈfɪŋɡ(ə)rɪŋ/