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AndrewH
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One thing about writing in fingerings: on occasion you may find that you prefer to use different fingerings from your stand partner. (This is especially true for violists as hand size matters more!) When writing in fingerings, write them above the staff if you are seated outside, and below the staff if you are seated inside.

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@AndrewH -

Do you actually get time to write in fingerings at rehearsal? 

Who gets to take that music home to practice with? 

Rock, Paper, Scissors? 😏

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Normally, stand partners decide whose music to use at the first rehearsal.

Typically we work out fingerings at home and copy them into the part being used before rehearsal. Sometimes things get written in during rehearsal (bowings, fingerings, etc.) and need to be copied into the part that goes home. With experience, it shouldn't take more than a few minutes before or after rehearsal.

Unless the material to be written in is actively discussed in rehearsal, orchestras don't normally stop to allow people to write things in. If necessary, one may have to stop playing in order to write something in, then jump back into playing.

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ELCBK said
@AndrewH -

Do you actually get time to write in fingerings at rehearsal? 

Who gets to take that music home to practice with? 

Rock, Paper, Scissors? 😏

Yes, normally the person on the right decides. I am the type of guy that didn't need to practice one particular fingering so I never really cared whose music was on the stand. I would allow my stand partners to use their copy, or bring home mine. Only issue is that I had to write bowings for the group.

As for fingering. If you practice your part, chances are you know what fingering you will be using and if your stand partner has a different fingering, you write yours in it's proper place. Like Andrew wrote, outside player on top of the staff and inside under the staff.

Usually, there are only a few spots where you actually need fingering and usually you write them in when you are uncertain of if you will naturally do that fingering. If it's an obvious fingering choice, you'll do it automatically.

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I understand this much better, now. 

Thank you!

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