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Co-ordination

Hand Co-ordination

When you are starting out as a piano player, one of the most frequent problem players come across is getting the co-ordination of playing both hands together. It is one of those things, that once you click with it, you will have that skill with you forever.

I think once you have the techniques taught to you, it really is a matter of spending a lot of time practicing this, and don’t give up after your first or second attempt at a piece hands together…After all PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT, if everything you do in life!!

Below I am going to give you some tips and information on how to improve your co-ordination as a piano player

SCALES: –

Some pianists love scales and really enjoy playing them and are a big part of their practicing, whereas other pianists don’t find them as enjoyable and will find themselves doing them just because they feel they have too….Personally I really enjoy playing scales, and I will always warm up with a few scales before a performance.

First off find some scales that you like and start to practice these HANDS TOGETHER on a regular basis…This will help improve your co-ordination. Contrary Motion scales in different KEYS are always a popular option for beginners to start with, as the fingering pattern is the same in BOTH HANDS and you change at the same time, so these are a good place to start when looking into LEARNING YOUR SCALES.

Arpeggios are great to learn as they are incorporated into so many pieces, especially as a FILLER in the LEFT HAND. These are good as they train you how to extend your hands out correctly, and if you practice these on a regular basis, you will eventually AUTOMATICALLY know which FINGERS to use when doing these. To start with learn them HANDS SEPARATELY, so you are confident of the notes and the GAPS that you have in arpeggios….then put them together, maybe ONE OCTAVE at a time is a good place to begin and then extend it to two three and four octaves once you are use to the progression.

Another technique to build on which will help improve your co-ordination, is to LEARN where all the different notes are on the piano….What I mean by this though is to be CONFIDENT that when you read a piece of music, you can tell straight off which note it is, so for example if you looked at a piece of music and it was C but the C two octaves BELOW middle C….You need to be able to recognize where this note is quickly. You need to be able to LOOK at your music and read the notes without even looking DOWN at the piano. Once you can do this, putting your hands together and reading both CLEFS, will really help you with your co-ordination when playing pieces.