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This is an except from Hungarian Rhapsody No.2 by Liszt from John Thompson's Grade 3 (The key signature of this section is F Major):

I don't understand why it recommends playing the E and B♭ together using fingers 1 and 2, which is quite a stretch. It seems much easier to play it with 1 and 3. Is it because B♮ is played in the beginning of the bar with finger 3?

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Using 2 instead of 3 allows your third finger to remain on the B-natural. Moving fingers from hovering over one key to another sets a player up for the possibility of more mistakes. While the stretch may be difficult, in the end, it will allow you to play the piece faster and more precisely.

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Furthermore, finger 5 goes with the D that comes a couple of measures after this excerpt. –  200_success May 7 '12 at 9:08

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