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#1927164 - 07/15/12 04:38 PM Moonlight Sonata 3rd mvt. Fingering - Measures 33-40  
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Hey, I just finished memorizing the entire sonata, so now I can focus on practicing parts I don't have technically down yet. Everything is going pretty well except for these runs. Whenever I do these the fingering just feels a bit awkward, at least the ones I use. What I use is as follows, and the [brackets] indicate where I struggle in:

- Measures 33 - 34: 1 2 3 1 2 [4 3] 2 1

My teacher noticed I was stumbling on my fingers, so she recommended 1 2 3 1 2 3 2 [1 1], but then I feel a delay when I repeat the runs in measure 34, probably because I'm switching from 1 to 1


- Measure 35: 1 2 3 1 2 3 4 [5 4 5 4 5] 4 3 2 1

Trilling in my 4th and 5th fingers is not a strength of mine. Is there another fingering I could use here that doesn't require 4 and 5? Or should I begin practicing my 4-5 trill? crazy

- Measure 40: 1 2 3 1 2 3 [4 1] 2 3 [4 1] 2 3 4

I seem to have trouble crossing over from 4 to 1. Is there another fingering I could use here? Or is this something that requires practice? I'm thinking if I had to stick with this fingering, I'd have to practice the thumb over method for this, is that correct?

These runs are similar to measures 129 to 135, but I use the same fingering with the exception of 131 which surprisingly doesn't feel that bad.

Maybe it's just a matter if practice for these, but before I do that, I'd like to hear from you guys if there are better ways for executing these passages.

Any help would be much appreciated! eek



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#1927230 - 07/15/12 07:08 PM Re: Moonlight Sonata 3rd mvt. Fingering - Measures 33-40 [Re: RyanThePianist]  
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You could try looking at the editorial fingering suggestions for this piece at IMSLP. There are around 12 different editions posted there.
http://imslp.org/wiki/Piano_Sonata_No.14,_Op.27_No.2_%28Beethoven,_Ludwig_van%29

For example, I checked one of the editions for measure 33 and it gives 12313432 which seems to avoid any jumping and is what I would use.

I think many pianists just do a turn for the trill, i.e. 45434. If you want to play more notes, 4534323(then the octave with 1-4) might work but I'm not at the piano to try it.

Last edited by pianoloverus; 07/15/12 07:35 PM.

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