Fingering

    Types of fingering

    Fingering symbols for various instruments are found in the Fingerings palette; some of these are duplicated in the Guitar palette. Mouse over the palette icons to reveal the names of each of the symbols.

    Fingering palette

    There are 5 main classes of fingerings, and these are described below under the relevant instrument headings.

    Keyboard

    Fingering is used for left and right hand fingering (1–5). The numbers appear above/below the notebeam, depending on the stem direction. Or, if the note is unbeamed, the fingering appears above/below the notehead instead.

    In some cases LH guitar fingering is also used (see below).

    Guitar

    LH guitar fingering indicates the fingers of the left hand—0 (zero) for the open string, 1–4, the left-hand fingers. It appears to the left of the notehead. Fingering (0–4) is also frequently used for the left hand (see above).

    RH guitar fingering indicates the right-hand fingers—namely p = thumb, i = index, m = middle, a = ring/annular, c = little. Its default position is the same as Fingering (above).

    String numbers are framed with a circle. 0 (zero) indicates the open string, 1–6, the six strings (1 = top, 6 = bottom). The numbers are applied above/below the notebeam, depending on the stem direction. If the note is unbeamed, the fingering appears above/below the note stem instead.

    Lute fingerings may be found by clicking "More" in the Fingerings palette.

    Note: To enable the display of fingering in tablature, right-click on the TAB, and select Staff/Part Properties…Advanced Style Properties; then check the box labelled "Show fingering in tablature".

    Adding fingering to your score

    Fingering can be added to a note or a selection of notes using palettes, the menu, or the keyboard. Many fingerings of the same type are most efficiently added using the keyboard.

    Adding fingering using palettes

    To add fingering to a single note use any of the following methods:

    • Select a note and click one of the fingering symbols in a palette.
    • Drag and drop a fingering symbol from a palette onto a note

    When fingering is added to a note, the focus immediately shifts to the symbol, so you can adjust it right away.

    Open Fingering palette and add fingering

    Adding fingering using the keyboard

    To add fingering to successive notes.

    1. Choose one of the following options:
    • Add the first fingering symbol using one of the methods shown above: this can be a "Left Hand Guitar Fingering", "Fingering" or "String Number";
    • For "Fingering" only: select a note and press the custom keyboard shortcut for "Add fingering," then type the desired number. (Note: Create a shortcut for this command in EditPreferencesShortcuts)
      1. Choose one of the following options:
    • To move the cursor to the next note: Press Space, or Alt+;
    • To move the cursor to the previous note: Shift+Space, or Alt+;
      1. Type the desired number;
      2. Repeat steps 2 and 3 as required;
      3. Press Esc, or click on an empty space in the document window, to exit.

    Add many fingerings to piano

    Adding fingering using the menu

    1. Select the first note you want to add fingering to;
    2. From the menu bar, select AddTextFingering;
    3. Type the fingering of the first note
    4. Press space to move to the next note

    Adjusting position

    To edit fingering position, see Changing position of elements.

    Some fingerings can be flipped to the other side of the staff using the X shortcut, or the Flip direction icon on the note input toolbar.

    Changing the appearance of fingering

    If you select a fingering, its text properties appear in the "Text" section of the Properties toolbar. You can change the appearance of all fingerings in the same class (e.g. all String numbering) by changing the property of one, clicking the ellipsis above the property, and selecting "Save as default style for this score."

    This updates the relevant style in FormatStyleText styles.

    Fingering properties

    Select a fingering and its properties are displayed and can be edited in the Properties panel.

    For details about general properties see General settings.

    For details about text properties, see Formatting text.

    Fingering style

    Each of the different classes of fingering have their own text style. These can be viewed and edited in FormatStyleText styles.

    Rather than editing the style menu directly, however, it is often better to just edit a fingering in the score, then update the corresponding style using the option "Save as default style for this score". See Setting style defaults (Formatting text).

    See also