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Can someone enumerate the main fingerings for major (... → C-E → C♯-F → …) and minor (... → C-E♭ → C♯-E → …) chromatic third scales? I've heard that Czerny, Moszkowski, Chopin and Godowski each had unique fingerings of situational suitability. I'd also like to know which fingerings Rafael Joseffy used since I prefer his exercises.

  • Since everyone's hands and fingers are subtly different in their length and mobility, any fingering guide will be at best just a suggestion that someone feels is best - for them. Bearing that in mind, a player's best option is to slowly work out what fingering works best for them. – Tim Oct 12 '18 at 7:51
  • I've usually seen an alternating 1-3, 2-4 pattern, but occasionally I've come across some 1-4, 2-5 alternating pattern. As Tim says, it depends on your hands, and I've even altered fingering from what was written on chromatic third passages recently. – Kevin H Oct 12 '18 at 12:41
  • I understand and usually alter provided fingerings but it is nice not to have to start from scratch for the building block of a scale. There are so many possible fingerings, most to be avoided especially at high velocity. – user19087 Oct 12 '18 at 16:50

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