Reply To: Learning and retaining instrument fingerings
The only way to get better with fingerings is by practicing them on a real instrument. Simply reading them might be okay for a few people, but likely not for most. Muscle memory is the way beginners learn fingerings, and you are in essence a beginner. After a while, you will recognize patterns among brass instruments or woodwind instruments, which can be helpful, but you need to know what fingerings feel like in your hands and not just your brain.