Hello, I am Ingrid. I am a piano teacher and I am here for About.com at the Piano Workshop in Reigate. I am going to tell you a bit about the basics of finger technique on the piano.If you start of the piano, you will very likely initially play one hand only, learning notes one by one by one. Later on pianists obviously play with both the right and the left hand and in your pieces of music, you will find the fingers indicated by numbers over or under the notes of music. The fingers on the piano have one different number each: the thumb would be finger 1, index finger number 2, middle finger number 3, ring finger number 4 and pinky number 5.Smooth playing, called legato in Italian, on the piano is achieved by transferring the weight of the hand from one finger to another. It most closely resembles the old arm and needle on an old fashioned record player. If I put all the weight in my thumb and then transfer the full weight of the arm and hand to finger 2, once finger 2 is down safely finger 1 would have come out, going from 2 to 3 smoothly, taking finger 2 out as soon as finger 3 is safely down, et cetera.Slightly faster. The short and detached playing, called staccato in Italian, is achieved by imagining the keys being very, very hot. Just gently tick the as you go, trying to detach the notes from each other, keeping the wrist nice and flexible as you go. This is Ingrid for About.com at the Piano Workshop in Reigate and I have talked a bit about the basic finger techniques on the piano.