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Thirds / Ear Training



(based on the Yost System)
You could also use Paganini Concerto No. 1, Paganini Caprice No. 18, 4, or many others.
*Intonation Training CD-Track 8 G Major
*Practice in all keys with the appropriate track on the "Intonation Training CD".
Interval Pattern: sBBssBBs = very, very slow!

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#1 Broken Thirds (with each fingering possibility 3/1, 4/2, 2/1, 3/2, 4/3)
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#2 Thirds (1/3 all the way up and down and 2/4 up and down)
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#3 Thirds in Broken Thirds (1/3 up and down and 2/4 up and down)
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Learning Concepts

  • Increases your familiarity and comfort in all positions.
  • Develops confidence and accuracy in all positions.
  • Develops understanding of what to listen for while shifting.
  • Improves your ear trainings and overall intonation.

1. Relax fingers, hand and wrist.
2. Move arm first from the biceps to the new position dragging the hand and the finger, gliding on top of the string, never pushing forward with the fingers.
3. Tune with the biceps before putting fingers down.
4. Use all fingering possibilities.
5. Know what position you're in at all times...say it out loud before you go. (14 positions total.)

Advanced Version 1
Play the 3rds in broken thirds exercise alternating between 1 and 3 and 2 and 4

Advanced Verion 2
Using the same fingering from Advanced Version 1, play with an off the string stroke

video Watch Videos of Thirds

Broken Thirds - 1st and 3rd

Thirds - 1st and 3rd

Thirds - 2nd and 4th

Thirds in Broken Thirds - 1st and 3rd

Thirds in Broken Thirds - 2nd and 4th

Thirds Advanced - Version 1

Thirds Advanced - Version 2

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