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I was just browsing through ABRSM syllabus and found two different things, as mentioned in the title.

What is the difference?

The syllabus is here: https://in.abrsm.org/fileadmin/user_upload/PDFs/Piano_Syllabus_2019___2020_complete.pdf. And the page number is 27.

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I guess:

Regarding the piano

scale-in-thirds

will mean thirds played with one hand

scales-a-third-apart

played with both hands.

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  • Makes you wonder: in the syllabus why not simply write "scale in thirds in one hand" and "scales in each hand a third apart?" Commented May 7, 2019 at 13:27
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In addition to other ways of separating the two, I've also heard guitarists playing scales in thirds, playing (C-E-D-F-E-G-F-A... one after the other). They seem to call that playing the C major scale in thirds, but I'm not sure exactly how widespread that phrasing is.

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