Double thirds are challenging for many, but with an understanding of what goes behind the technique, one can play with much more ease. Edna goes through double thirds going up and down the keyboard and finishes with an excerpt from the E flat Major Sonata.
- 0:00 – 3:30 Rotating to the left
- 3:30 – 4:48 Crossing over
- 4:48 – 6:10 In and out
- 6:10 – 8:00 Going up
- 8:00 – 9:12 In/Out and shaping
- 9:12 – 10:38 Haydn E flat Major Sonata
Edna takes a look at famous literature including a Schubert Impromptu and the Chopin Barcarolle to display how one can use proper double thirds technique to play otherwise difficult passages. She mentions concepts like rotating to the left instead of the common mistake of rotating the right.
- 00:00 – 2:23 Double thirds in Schubert Impromptu Op. 142 no. 4.
- 2:25 – 3:58 Double thirds trill in Chopin Barcarolle.
00:00 – 2:21 Double thirds in Beethoven Sonata Op. 2 No. 3, 1st Movement.
Playing double thirds comfortably in the opening
Edna describes how playing more in the keys when playing with the thumb will facilitate one’s double thirds by using the hands in a more natural way. It is also important to remember to rotate to the left with playing thirds with the RH.
0:00-4:25 Beethoven 5th concerto 1mov. M.187 Double thirds
- 0:30-1:45 Fingering double thirds
- 1:46-3:09 Walking hand and arm is always there
- 3:10-4:25 Shaping
Debussy La Puerta del Vino- Double thirds 4:26-end
- 4:26-6:24 M.71
- 6:25-8:51 M. 73
Many people come with problems in playing double thirds and especially with issues from Op.25 No.6. Edna addresses the common misconceptions in rotating for double thirds and how to move in and out of the keys to assist this issue.
- 0:00-2:12: double rotation and settling the arm equally behind each note
- 2:12-3:38: in and out and fingering in the trill
- 3:38-4:34: fingering, crossing and shaping in moving double thirds
- 4:35-5:45: ascending chromatic double third scale
- 5:55-6:47: opening of Chopin op 10 no 8 completely minimized
- 6:53-13:23: Chopin op 25 no 1: Edna showing a few different places covering playing on black keys, rotation, in and out, shaping, leaps and grouping