Thirty Fingers

is a series of arrangements of music for three players on one piano


Although instrumental players gather to make music in ensembles almost as soon as they begin to play, pianists tend to be solitary animals.  There is so much to be gained by making music with others.  Apart from exercising general musicianship skills, musicians need to listen hard and think more about how they are playing when in a trio.  A common interpretation has to be found and choices have to be made.  The pieces in this series offer an adventure in skill and communication.

It's fun to be part of a joint venture.  A sense of team spirit can be built with performers gaining support and encouragement from one another.  The fingering takes account of the proximity of the fellow players and the unusual seating positions.   Would-be Pianists 1 or 3 may want to practice at home with their stools in the same position as they would be when playing with the other pianists. The pianist best suited for each page turn is indicated by “V.S.”.


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In this series, you'll find a varied and interesting repertoire, useful for both concerts and competitions.  The EASY books are around grade 1 to 3 standard, the INTERMEDIATE books are grade 4 to 6 and the individual works are for more advanced players of grade 6 to 8.  In order to cope with the extra demands of ensemble playing, it is probably best that performers are not playing a part that is at the limit of their ability. 

PRACTICE TRACKS - Recordings of the works are available each with a different player’s part missing, so you can practise and play along with your two partners even when they are not there!

Published by Roberton Publications

part of Goodmusic Publishing