Trills in piano music are one of those techniques that can make us feel like we're tripping ourselves up when we first try to play them!
They are tiny to read, hard to figure out rhythmically, and how just fast do they go anyway?
Each trill is unique in terms of what the composer wanted to express musically with it, how it fits into the genre of music you are playing and how it fits in with the notes that it accompanies.
There are a few basic rules about trills that can really help you learn to play them correctly and overcome common challenges fairly quickly.
Once you get the hang of playing trills you'll enjoy the extra detail they bring into your piano playing. They not only add musical ornamentation but they also add rhythmic variety and a fresh element into the phrasing.
Whenever you start to feel tripped up when playing your trills, just remember to relax, slow down, take one note at a time, and don't keep your hand or wrist locked up when playing.
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