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#945408 - 07/31/08 09:33 AM Arpeggio or Runs / Left Better Than Right
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Approx 3 yrs experience.

Left hand better/faster at arpeggios than right hand .....

Is this normal ?

Having tough time getting right hand to be as accurate/efficient on arpeggios/runs/fillers.

Any advice appreciated.

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#945409 - 07/31/08 10:50 AM Re: Arpeggio or Runs / Left Better Than Right
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It is very normal for two reasons

1) The left hand (when using traditional fingering) never has to perform finger changes over a 4th interval in arpeggios

2) The left hand begins with an upward movement (towards the center) which involves "finger over" movements instead of "finger under" movements. This makes the L.H. feel easier because you start with an easier movement to begin with.
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#945410 - 07/31/08 12:05 PM Re: Arpeggio or Runs / Left Better Than Right
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There are many factors to consider...

Are you left-handed?

Alternatively, if you are right-handed, then maybe your right arm has too much muscle tension. I have this problem prior to college--my right arm is significantly larger and stronger than my left arm. Yet as I was learning a new technique in college, my left arm was quicker to "un-learn" the bad habits because it has less muscle tension. When you have too much tension, it slows you down.
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#945411 - 07/31/08 12:06 PM Re: Arpeggio or Runs / Left Better Than Right
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In order to speed up the RH arpeggios, be sure that you aren't twisting your wrist/hand to cross under that 4th. Instead, do a little leap and keep the wrist perpendicular (horizontally) to the keyboard.

As for runs, do you practice scales? Perhaps spend extra time on the RH, but generally working them together is best (and more efficient). Try practicing them in rhythms and staccato.
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#945412 - 07/31/08 12:30 PM Re: Arpeggio or Runs / Left Better Than Right
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Thanks for the replys ......

I am right handed.

Another thing I've noticed is .... I can easily play octaves with my left hand.

But while playing a chord with my right hand and trying to grab the octave with my pinky ...

I have to sort of twist my hand a little or I'm most likely to hit the 7th or key right before the octave.

I put my palms together, and both hands/fingers are the same size and stretch the same.

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#945413 - 07/31/08 03:35 PM Re: Arpeggio or Runs / Left Better Than Right
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Hmm, could it be that you are sitting at an angle to the keyboard, or too close? Be sure you give yourself plenty of distance so you don't twist you wrist. How do you do with straight octaves in the RH (not octave chords)? If those are good, then practice playing just octaves in any pieces where you have octave chords, and then gradually incorporate one middle note at a time from the chords.
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#945414 - 08/01/08 09:23 AM Re: Arpeggio or Runs / Left Better Than Right
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I do OK with octaves in right hand ....

Thanks, I'll try your suggestions.

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#945415 - 08/05/08 07:37 PM Re: Arpeggio or Runs / Left Better Than Right
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I'm right handed, and yet my left hand tends to be more accurate with the technical stuff.
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#945416 - 08/06/08 09:14 AM Re: Arpeggio or Runs / Left Better Than Right
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I think it's interesting that whether one person is right or left handed, it may not necessarily carry into piano.
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#945417 - 08/07/08 05:18 AM Re: Arpeggio or Runs / Left Better Than Right
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It's probably a tension problem! If you're righthanded, chances are your right forearm has more muscle tension, causing fatigue and an array of technical problems at the piano.

You can't play with ease until you overcome the tension problem. It can't be solved overnight.
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#945418 - 08/08/08 12:42 PM Re: Arpeggio or Runs / Left Better Than Right
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being left-handed doesn't make the left hand easier on the piano. I'm a southpaw and have little difference in relative dexterity than most RH people.
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