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10 Tips To Improve Your Left Hand Piano Playing

Posted by on 11/2/2011

10 Piano Tips to Improve Your Left Hand Playing

  1. If you find a new piece challenging, try playing each hand separately first. Play the right hand part until you have mastered the melody, followed by the left hand part for the harmony. This practice allows your brain and your fingers to focus just on the left hand piece.
  2. Try a few exercises to strengthen the muscles in your left hand. For example, play two notes repeatedly, playing the notes fast and slow, loud and quiet. With time and practice, youíll have better muscle control.
  3. Watch the fingering marks written on the composition. These marks may not be the only possible fingerings for the music, but they usually offer logical suggestions.
  4. When playing a piece, find a fingering pattern that works and donít change it.
  5. Play scales and other exercises to become accustomed to left hand fingering. In ascending scales, the third or fourth finger typically crosses over the thumb. When playing descending scales, the thumb crosses under the third or fourth finger. 
  6. Play the melody of a piece with your left hand. This practice strengthens the muscles in the left hand and also encourages the brain to process notes in a new way.
  7. Try this exercise to increase fluidity and eye-hand coordination. Place your right pinkie on the upper C and your left pinkie on the lower C. Carry both hands to the middle C at the same time. Once you can do this smoothly, try changing the speed, tempo or dynamics. Contracy motion.
  8. Read through a piece of sheet music before you sit down to play it. Notice any patterns in the piece or changes in the tempo. 
  9. Play a variety of music types. Popular music is fun, but the harmony is often very simple. Classical music, on the other hand, provides intensive practice for the left hand. 
  10. Practice, practice, practice. Improving your left hand playing requires developing the muscles in the hand, as well as developing the brainís ability to process the information. Both benefit from repetition.

Left Hand Piano Playing Tips
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Josephine Lucia Clarke Date 11/4/2011 2:05:10 AM
gooday Yoke Wong, sooo nice to know I can start my parcticing agen, as I had a left hand operation sometime ago and unfortunately I had a fall agen and in trying to break my fall, I once agen hurt the left hand.... can we call it Murphys law???... but, no, I want to shoot him down, whoever he was or is....thank you once agen for the free download of your music pieces and may GOD bless you for the good work you do...Yours in respect.... Jo L. C
Rose H. Date 11/4/2011 2:53:37 AM
Thanks for the great tips. I'm actually trying them out right now and as far as i can say, it seems to work on me well. You really are a guidance to all lost pianists. Thank you.
Milla Date 11/4/2011 8:29:38 AM
I agree with everything you wrote down here especially Tip#9. Playing classical music is the best sight reading exercise and hand exercise for me. However, I rarely play classical music now because I don't have piano. But really, playing classical music helps a lot.
isaiah Date 11/10/2011 9:57:18 AM
good stuff it's really helpful
deanna Date 12/4/2012
THANK YOU! YOU SOLVE MY PROBLEM! I WILL TRY FOLLOWING YOUR TIPS! :)
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