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If you are a piano player, hand independence is an area that will need development and attention in every part of your learning journey. Sometimes all we need to get going on hand independence is a little encouragement and specific instructions for what to work on. We’ve got it all for you in this lesson.

1) Touch

Having hand independence means you have control of not only what you are playing but how you are playing it. By using legato in one hand and staccato in the other you are developing hand independence skills by developing the control/touch with which you play the notes

2) Dynamics

Cassi walks you through how to change the pressure and volume between the hands. By playing one hand louder than the other you are further developing your hand independence and control

3) Balance

Play a waltz-like pattern with your left-hand while your right-hand moves up a major scale. This exercise gives the hands different tasks that will feel a little bit like a balancing act as you line up the different patterns and rhythms between the hands

4) Movement 

Arpeggios in the left hand will get you moving all over the keyboard while the right hand maintains a static-broken triad. This exercise feels a lot like rubbing your tummy while patting your head. Might take some time to get the hang of but it is possible!

5) Rhythm

Varying the rhythms you are playing in each hand is an amazing way to develop hand independence. This can be done using very simple scales or patterns so that you can focus more on the changing or opposing rhythms than the notes you are playing.

As you can see, this boot camp will help you to develop many aspects of your hand independence. Remember to breathe, keep a good sense of humor as you practice and don’t give up!

Lisa Witt

Lisa Witt has been teaching piano for 18 years and in that time has helped hundreds of students learn to play the songs they love. Lisa received classical piano training through the Royal Conservatory of Music, but she has since embraced popular music and playing by ear in order to accompany herself and others.

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