2007-07-07 18:39:43 UTC
I've been playing piano for about 50 years. I've taken one lesson so
far, I'll be taking more. So, that gives you an idea of my level -
I've got lots of musical knowledge, but I'm a total guitar newbie.
My quesion is about a used book I picked up called Fingerstyle Jazz
and Popular Guitar by Howard Morgen, Faculty, Manhattan School of
Music. It was published in 1982. In the book, he refers to right-hand
fingers with the letters p, i, m, a, and c. Unfortunately (and
annoyingly in my opinion), he never gives a clear definition of what
the letters mean, or why. Maybe that info is on the accompanying
cassette tape, which I don't have. By scanning through the book, and
using common sense, I've come to the conclusion that, in his naming
p = thumb
i = index (1st finger)
m = middle (2nd finger)
a = 3rd finger (I don't know what to call it)
c = pinky ("cuarto"??)
So, my questions are:
- Am I interpreting him correctly?
- Is this a standard way of naming the r.h. fingers?
- Why 'p' for thumb? why not 't'?
- Why 'a' for third finger?
- Is 'c' standard name for pinky?
It seems to me important to clearly understand his finger-naming
scheme in order to get the most out of the book, since he uses those
letter-names all over the place in various examples.
Is this some naming scheme they use at the Manhattan School? Is there
a naming scheme that is more widely accepted as a standard, or is this
the accepted standard?
Thanks in advance for any help