I sometimes think of hand independence as the ‘Holy Grail’ of piano playing. It’s something we all strive for, but the journey toward hand independence is a never-ending one!
It doesn’t matter if you’ve been playing for a long time or are just a beginner, hand independence is something you have to work on and develop continuously.
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An important part of developing your hand independence is finding things that really challenge you. I mean, we all love to play things we’re really good at — because it feels so great to be great at something! However, if you want to grow your skills, you need to spend time on things that really challenge you (and even cause you frustration).
You’ll never get better if you don’t push yourself. It can suck — but there are things we can do to make it suck a little bit less. This is where the blues comes in.
The blues is simple (in theory) and tons of fun to play regardless of your skill level or favorite genre. Once you get into the blues you will feel like a whole new world opens up.
When I started messing around with the blues I was shocked at how difficult it was for me to play a swing rhythm in my left hand while I chorded in my right.
It was downright embarrassing.
So I had to break things down into their simplest form and work my way up from there. It involved going slow, counting out loud and progressing gradually. The good news is that it didn’t take too long to figure it out, and once I did, it felt amazing.
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There are four key points that you need to remember:
Developing better hand independence is worth it. Once you improve, you will be able to master more complex rhythms and melodies, and it will open up a whole new way of expressing yourself musically.
The 12-bar blues is a great way to start doing this. I really hope you enjoy using the blues to build up your hand independence!
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