Playing with both hands is something that pretty much every pianist will start to learn how to do early in their lessons and playing.
Often, one hand will play the melody line and the other hand will play chords. This means that while we’re using both of our hands at the same time to play, they are doing completely different things…and that can get a little challenging!
We usually learn how to play with both hands together playing the same notes through scales. This is important to help us learn how to play with our hands together, articulating correctly and playing the tempo correctly. As we move into more advanced playing and start pieces that have different parts for the left and right hands, we need to work on hand independence – meaning both hands are playing their own thing, but are just as strong as the other one.
Today, we’re going to discuss some specific tips that will help your hand independence while playing the piano and then I will show you some exercises in the video at the end that you can do yourself to strengthen and reinforce this particular aspect of piano playing.
There are so many wonderful exercises that we can practice on to increase and strengthen our hand independence while playing the piano.
Some of the ones I go over in the following video include:
These etudes are well known and are fabulous for helping to establish successful hand independence in piano playing.
They take you from a beginning level of this type of work into as advanced a level as you want to be, and you would benefit from practicing these etudes for many years. Take one at a time and spend at least a few days on it to really get the skills learned and then move on to the next one.
I will show you several exercises from each of these collections and play some samples on the piano to show you exactly how to approach this kind of work. Remember to start slowly and be patient. Steady work will ensure success…so keep at it daily.
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