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playing thirds

Discussion in 'Technique' started by Anonymous, Jun 20, 2006.

  1. Anonymous

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    there are lots of fingering systems for playing thirds, and i've developed a few fingering systems myself... i was wondering if there is anyway to improve the speed at which i play thirds? i see lang lang can play chromatic thirds at the speed which i play chromatic notes- it's demoralising.

    do any of you have any way to train? or any fingering systems?

    my ascending minor third fingering is:
    (starting C/Eb)

    3 4 5 3 4 3 4 3 4 5 3 4
    1 2 1 2-2  1 2 1 2 1 2-2
  2. joeisapiano

    joeisapiano New Member Piano Society Artist

    Jun 14, 2006
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    i've just recently started practicing scales in thirds (starting with C major and A minor... etc) and I'm surprised at how much they help with parallel scales and trills and every other type of finger-work. for major and minor scales in thirds i use Tausig's system (which can be found at and click on etudes and find tausig (that part is all in russian, so you'll have to guess what his name looks like in russian. as for chromatic thirds, i use moszkowski's which i think is the same as yours (see attached)
  3. Anonymous

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    hey brilliance!

    im so glad there are people who support this 2-2 sliding system! :) and thanks for the gif, it really gives a very good picture of this whole thirds thing :D thanks!!
  4. ben

    ben New Member Piano Society Artist

    Jun 27, 2006
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    I use the same fingering as you, but just out of interest, here is one of Godowsky's fingerings (starting on c/eb)

    3 4 5 4 5 4 5 3 4 5 4 5 4 5 3

    1 2 1 2 1 3 2 1 2 1 2 1 3 2 1

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