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« on: April 22, 2011, 04:47:16 AM »

Grieg Piano Concerto Page 3 has descending chromatic thirds. Nothing feels comfortable and I don't want to get used to a fingering that is not optimal. Anyone play it? What fingering do you use?
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« Reply #1 on: April 23, 2011, 04:08:02 AM »

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« Reply #2 on: April 25, 2011, 04:27:01 AM »

Thank you, Mayla! Smiley  I keep skipping over that part because I'm not sure what to do with my fingers when I get there. I will try it out with the fingering you suggested. I appreciate you taking the time to post them!
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« Reply #3 on: April 25, 2011, 07:57:55 PM »

Starting at DF on top, I would go:

5 4 3 4 3 5 4 3 4  3 4 3 5
3 2-2 1 2 1 2 1 2-2 1 2 1

Why not use 5 and 1 at the top too, in an analagous way to the rest? I think it gives more control and physical stability. Personally I'd favour it over 53 in just about any instance where it's physically possible to use it.
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« Reply #4 on: April 25, 2011, 09:33:18 PM »

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« Reply #5 on: April 25, 2011, 09:49:35 PM »

2)  The main reason to use 1 in the other cases is because that's what's already sitting there within the descent when using the fingering given.

That's the part I definitely wouldn't agree with. I don't think that's the main reason. I don't see 15 as simply being a way of filling a gap, but rather one of the most comfortable positions of all. It's not angled to one side of the hand, but naturally balances the arm is a very centralised feel. I think this makes a very secure way to start after a leap. Personally, I alternate between 15 and 42 for the r.h. thirds in the opening of the Horowitz Carmen variations. Later on, when the left hand is not there to help and you have to do the thirds in full, I actually move the thumb- rather than take it in one five finger position. Starting from the top, I prefer 15, 24, 13, 24, rather than 35, 24, 13, 24. It's a great way to keep the arm moving rather than locked up. There are also very useful ways to use 15 in the opening of the Beethoven op. 2 no. 3.

Not that I'm ruling out 35, but I definitely wouldn't see 15 as a mere gap filler in general. I often go out of my way specifically in order to use it and I know that many other pianists work the same way. Note that that Chopin's regular fingering for thirds never goes from 35-24 or vice versa. I think this is one of the hardest transitions to make. Also, musically it pays to establish the top of the descent, rather than hurry straight down without getting any feel of arrival first. Using the thumb is quite a good way of both getting a rounded sound and forcing the player to take a fraction more time, before really getting things moving down.
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« Reply #6 on: April 25, 2011, 10:40:23 PM »

My suggested fingering would be:

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while rotating my wrist counterclockwise three times and starting in a SE position.
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« Reply #7 on: April 25, 2011, 10:52:36 PM »

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