george garside wrote:at one time piano fingering was very rigidly taught '';according to the book'' but I think many piano teachers are now more relaxed about it!
Yes, I think that (thankfully) the modern school of thought is that written fingerings--be they for piano or accordion--are suggestions.
They're suggestions that you should take very seriously, attempt to understand the logic behind them, and certainly try out yourself several times before dismissing. But if you can come up with something that works better for you, then I say more power to you.
Everyone's hands and fingers are different, but I feel like that matters more on accordion than it does on piano, thus fingering tend to be a bit more personal. Especially in the left hand, of course, but in the RH too. Maybe that's due to the vertical keyboard?