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Make Your Left Hand Cooperate On The Piano

3 exercises to help you play better with both hands

Lisa Witt - Oct 8, 2019

Does it feel like your left hand has a mind of its own?

 

Or that no matter what you try, it just won't listen to your brain telling it what to do?

 

Then this is the lesson for you!

 

Cassi has 3 tips that you can start using today that will help you play much better with both hands at the same time.

 

These tips will help you play songs more easily, as well as help to build your dexterity.

 

The Mirror

 

This is where you play something in your right hand, and then mirror it with your left hand. So if you're playing a C scale up in your right hand, you'd play it descending with your left hand. This way the fingering will be the same for both hands.

 

You can use this exercise for scales, broken chords, and arpeggios. Try working up and down the keyboard playing through the different inversions.

 

Once you can play each hands separately, try mirroring them hands together.

 

The Rhythm

 

This exercise is fantastic to use BEFORE practicing a piece of music hands together.

 

Picture this - you can play the left-hand part on its own really well. You can play the right-hand part on its own really well. But when you try and play them together your left-hand falls apart.

 

This is the in-between step. It involves playing the music with your left-hand and tapping the rhythm with your right. This means you only have to focus on the rhythm with the right hand, instead of the notes. 

 

It also helps to count out loud while doing this.

 

That way, when you do come to play the piece with both hands, you'll already know the rhythm.

 

Staccato

 

The final exercise is great for technique practice, any exercise (like a Hanon) or for practicing songs. It's good to use it when your left hand is sloppy and you're having trouble keeping it under control.

 

Practice the left-hand part staccato - that just means really short, detached notes. It will help your brain and fingers know exactly WHEN to play, and it will help you develop muscle memory for your left hand so that when you do play the exercise or piece of music, you'll have much more control and things will be nice and smooth.

 

These 3 tips can be used separately or together to really help speed up your hand independence.

 

Try them out, and comment below to let me know what you think!

 

 

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Hi, I'm Lisa Witt

Lisa has taught in a variety of settings from beginners just getting started to recording artists preparing their songs for the road. While her background is classical, she loves helping students play the music they love by ear and is excited to be a part of YOUR journey.