Main definitions of fingering in US English:

: fingering1fingering2

fingering1

noun

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

    ‘he once studied keyboard fingering’
    ‘the tuning makes some chord fingerings awkward’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The principle that fingering can enhance articulation appears to have been observed in earlier keyboard performance, though the extent of its application is disputed.’
    • ‘Finger positions can be marked for the suggested fingering of the chord.’
    • ‘Video Nine, Fingering, discusses what is good fingering and why.’
    • ‘Without knowing the playing techniques of the ancient musicians, though, we were limited to testing the pitches that could be made with simple fingering.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Not the least to his own amusement, he improvised his fingering accordingly for the rest of the night.’
    • ‘The trio followed with Handel's Sonata in G Minor with its demanding variations in the movements calling for crisp fingering and contemplative playing.’
    • ‘The legendary laúd player from the Buena Vista Social Club exhibits blisteringly fast fingering on his traditional Cuban lute.’
    • ‘He crouched down and took to the table, changing his fingering so that the cue rested between his thumb and first finger.’
    • ‘However guitar aficionados might consider the remixes a bit of a letdown after all the nimble plucking, strumming and fingering which precedes them.’
    • ‘He wasn't even bothering to look at his fingering on the fret board.’
    1. 1.1 An indication of fingering in a musical score.
      • ‘Pedal markings have been carefully placed, and fingerings have been suggested for several passages.’
      • ‘Almost all the double-note passages are to be played legato and have no fingerings to help the nonprofessional.’
      • ‘Many transcriptions increase the difficulty of the original étude, but Godowsky's fingerings and exercises are useful in mastering each study.’
      • ‘Also, be prepared to write in all pedal markings and fingerings.’
      • ‘The music is clearly printed and includes well-placed pedal markings and good fingering.’
      • ‘We wish students would understand that fingerings actually make the music easier to play.’
      • ‘Write down chords, words, fingerings, time signatures - anything that will help other musicians figure out what you're doing.’
      • ‘The editing includes dynamic markings and pedal indications but no fingerings.’
      • ‘I have never seen such creative scale fingerings!’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Spacing is quite open, fingerings are excellent and score markings are generally minimal, leaving much to the interpretation of the teacher and student.’
      • ‘The score contains helpful fingerings and expressive markings, but most pedaling indications are directives such as ‘pedal sparingly.’’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Do not slavishly adhere to traditional scale and arpeggio fingerings, especially in repertoire written after the mid-nineteenth century.’
      • ‘Using my own fingerings, I was able to play the cadenza much faster than usually done.’
      • ‘There's almost no revamping of Baroque or Classical keyboard fingerings, and the rhythm taps out more lyrically than I find in Stravinsky.’
      • ‘The editing is good, with some fingering provided, and the page layout is clear and easy to read.’

Pronunciation

fingering

/ˈfiNGɡəriNG//ˈfɪŋɡərɪŋ/

Main definitions of fingering in US English:

: fingering1fingering2

fingering2

noun

dated
  • 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

/ˈfiNGɡəriNG//ˈfɪŋɡərɪŋ/