Last week we began discussing the challenges that pianists deal with when trying to play successfully with both hands together.
Today we are going to continue that discussion and introduce you to some other ways you can practice and improve your two-handed playing technique.
Last week we went over scales and Hanon exercises. Today we’re going to learn some different exercises and also how to start using arpeggios along with our scales to increase our finger coordination and dexterity even more!
One of the most beneficial things about the Hanon exercises is that each one repeats a pattern or a group of patterns. Repetition of patterns is what really increases our ability to play with both hands together easily.
Since I think that it is really beneficial and fun for students to have alternative music to practice on, I have created a video using exercises that I made up for you to practice on which will really assist you in this next level of playing.
There are three different exercises in this video that includes several styles of playing where each hand is playing together, but something completely different.
Try playing each of these at least 3 times a day to really see a difference in your playing.
The next way that we’re going to work on improving our left hand piano playing is by learning and practicing arpeggios and this video will take you through what you need to know to start practicing arpeggios successfully on your own.
Arpeggios are simply broken chords – meaning that you are playing chords one note at a time instead of all of the notes at the same time.
They really teach/train your hand in very commonly used positions that I identify and go over in this next video. Once you have practiced them a bit you will start to notice how much they are actually used in our piano music!
Learning arpeggios is much like learning scales; learn a few each week so you’ll have them really settled in, instead of trying to learn them all in the same week. There will be some other tips about how to learn your arpeggios and I will even show you how to play them on the piano keyboard.
One thing that you might run into at this point – our focus is supposed to be on improving our left hand playing…but what happens if we’re being challenged by the notes as well as coordination?!
And don’t forget to come back to this video as much as you need to so you can answer your questions or get some validation that what you are playing is correct.
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