Learning to play with both hands together on the piano is one of the most challenging aspects of playing more advanced music that we deal with as pianists.
In the beginning, we usually learn to play with one hand at a time and then when we start putting the two hands together, we are playing the same notes, rhythms, and articulations in each hand. What we learn here is simply playing with both hands together and it’s much easier to do when we are playing everything the same in each hand.
As we progress however, we start learning music that requires us to play different things in each hand but still at the same time.
Whatever the case may be in each specific piece or exercise, the challenge here is more difficult because each hand seems to be speaking its own language instead of saying the same things. We can even feel like we’re trying to speak a foreign language when we first start doing it, but there are a few things that you can do that will help you feel more at ease with this challenge as well as help you overcome it quite easily with some steady work.
Be patient and apply these tips daily anytime you are struggling with playing different notes, rhythms, and articulations in each hand on the piano. They key is always starting slow enough that you can find your good starting point and play what’s written in the music correctly; and then moving up in a steady, methodical way until you’ve mastered the two hands.
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