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#2328995 - 58 minutes 45 seconds ago My Initial Thoughts on Left/Right Hand Independence
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Registered: 04/12/14
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I have noticed that I can't play basic melody with my right hand, while doing something simple with my left hand(like an alternating 4th for example). The first few times trying this, I noticed that if I start alternating a 4th with my left hand, as soon as I try to touch one melody note, my left hand stops! Interesting, because generally speaking, I consider myself to be good at multitasking... but not in this way I guess! I tried a new approach to see if I could do this basic exercise. Instead, I didn't pay any attention to the fact that my right hand was about to come into play, and kept my mind on my left hand. It felt a bit uncomfortable as I didn't feel like I was in control of things, but surprisingly, it worked. I was able to note independently of the left hand, though I couldn't really play more than 3 or 4 notes per barre without being sure that I could keep the left hand going. This got me thinking that juggling is quite similar in a way, and to a small extent might improve one's piano playing!

Perhaps I'd be more comfortable if the base hand was my right. Maybe it's something to do with the fact that I'm used to playing lead with my left hand on guitar! At this stage I'm familiar with nearly all the chord inversions. My muscular memory has gotten used to knowing how to get them all. I'm not going to be able to memorise any more unless I can apply them to songs, etc. But in spite of this I have no idea what do with a chord when playing to make it sound less boring. That's something that I can't teach myself. I am aware that there's endless possibilities with what you can do when holding down 5 of 6 notes, but I need basic exercises that will lead to giving me basic platforms to improvise on top of.

So if anybody knows of any particularly relevant help or links to my question......

Thank you

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#2329005 - 29 minutes 8 seconds ago Re: My Initial Thoughts on Left/Right Hand Independence [Re: Visalia]
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try counting the beats and matching the notes of both hands to the rhythm

and of course, much practice at a slow tempo... practice makes perfect is rarely more true than in music...

ah, you used to play guitar. Of course it makes quite a difference going from using both hands to strike a single chord to using both hands freely. It comes with time.
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#2329009 - 15 minutes 31 seconds ago Re: My Initial Thoughts on Left/Right Hand Independence [Re: Visalia]
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Guitar native here as well!
I second what Doritos Flavoured said. I had the very same problem (I still do when improvising, but that's more a keyboard knowledge problem, I think), and I am overcoming it by focusing on when each note (regardless of the hand) falls during one measure. I'm not sure if this helps with finger indipendence, because it's more of a both hands thing, but it's helping me a lot. Put simple, it's like "the bass is in quarter notes, the melody is in eight notes, so every two melody notes there's a bass note" kind of thing.
If you played guitar, you should have no problem following a beat, so try it!

PS: I wouldn't worry about the left hand "heritage" from the guitar, since it's both hands that play a melody anyway. Also, your left hand should be stronger than a left hand that has never played, so that's good!


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