UpcomingFingering for Pianists

Details Price Qty
Attendee - Deposit £50.00 (GBP)  

  • April 14, 2023 - April 16, 2023
    6:30 pm - 4:00 pm

Level: Advanced
Fee: £320

Fingering for Pianists

with Julian Jacobson

helping you find the best fingering in all your pieces for maximum security, control and comfort

Playing the piano is a “holistic” experience where, if we’re lucky and with patient work and analysis, we can achieve a perfect harmony of mind, body and heart. Yet when the chips are down it is the fingers that are the direct point of contact with the keyboard, the crucial point of delivery. A random, inconsistent or poorly assimilated fingering can spoil one’s best intentions and interfere with flow and self-expression. But what is good fingering, and how do we arrive at it? It depends on many factors including the individual shape and size of each pianist’s hands and the weight and firmness of the keyboard itself. Yet there are certain established techniques and principles that can be learnt and applied throughout your repertoire. A good system is also one that accurately conveys the composer’s slurs, dots and other articulation markings.

This course aims to help you gain more stability and control by focusing on the best fingering for your pieces. We will cover such matters as block and pattern fingering, glissando fingering, redistribution between the hands, using two or more fingers for a single note, and the vexed question of composers’ own fingerings where present. The aim in every case is to find methods which ensure maximum accuracy and reliability combined with – indeed inseparable from – maximum expressive truthfulness.

Bring two or three pieces or movements for a full exploration of this endlessly fascinating topic!

A £50 deposit is required to secure your place on this course. The balance of fees, including accommodation, is due 3 weeks before the course start date.


Venue Phone: 01373 812383

Jackdaws Music Education Trust, Great Elm, Frome, Somerset, BA11 3NY, United Kingdom


Course Information

Please see our General Course Information pages for further details and schedule information.

Our Courses are for adult musicians (except where stated) and take place at Jackdaws in Great Elm, near Frome in Somerset. The Course Fee includes all tuition, meals and refreshments at Jackdaws. Courses take place in the main studio, with Steinway piano, and generally follow a masterclass format. There are several practice rooms here, too.


For Voice, Piano & Wind courses; participants are usually requested to prepare 2 – 3 pieces in advance. We will ask you to provide a repertoire list for the tutor (& accompanist) ahead of the course.

For Ensemble courses; direction will be given by the course leaders.


If you require B&B, we can arrange that for you; accommodation fees are payable in addition to the course fee.

Meals and Refreshments

Lunch, Supper and morning/afternoon refreshments will be prepared on site by our dedicated Cooks.  If you are vegetarian/vegan, or have a food allergy, you must let us know in advance, so that our cooks can plan the meals for the weekend accordingly. We are ‘allergy aware’, but we rely on participants letting us know if they have specific food allergies. Please also let us know if you carry any emergency medication.

Please visit our Covid-19 Secure page for more information.

By booking onto a Jackdaws course you agree to abide by our Covid-19 risk mitigation measuresTerms and Conditions, and understand the Privacy Policy regarding our handling of your data.

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