# Any advice on fingering for stacked eighth notes?

Any advice on right hand fingering for measures 29 and 31 (The eighth note runs), from "Mia and Sebastian's Theme" (Justin Hurwitz) from La La Land?

• @Aaron Is that relevant for the fingering? Aug 7, 2023 at 21:39
• @PiedPiper It's relevant for future users who have the same question. Aug 7, 2023 at 21:46
• @Aaron This is standard piano writing and the probabilty that a future user will be looking for fingerings for these measures of this piece is very small. Aug 7, 2023 at 22:26
• @PiedPiper In that case, this is a duplicate of every other question asking about how to finger specific passages that happen to be in thirds. Aug 7, 2023 at 22:32
• @Aaron There are numerous questions here on fingering thirds, all of them more or less duplicates. Almost none of them would be asked by someone who has ever practised scales in thirds. Aug 8, 2023 at 8:15

Here’s how this looks in action:

In general fingering is a personal and individual thing, so you need something that works for you.

• the 2 & 4 on the second note have been switched Aug 8, 2023 at 4:13
• @GregMartin Thank you for pointing it out!
– Lazy
Aug 8, 2023 at 7:59

One possibility is (for measures 4 to 7):

``````543454  3   545343  4
321232  1   312121  321
``````

As with the other answers, and as you probably already knew or intuited, the basic patter for descending thirds is 53, 42, 31. Then the question is about the next bit. Often, hitting it with 53 works well, and we're good for a few more thirds. In the first issue you mention, the next issue is choice of fingering to get into the next measure. I'd say this depends on you, and on the sound you want. You can have a little non-legato in the thirds, or a bit of it getting to that measure.

The second case is a little less regular, but, still, follows similar ideas. And the minor second in the ending measure could be 21 or 32 or... depending on your hands. :)