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#994021 - 04/05/05 07:04 AM Playing hands together
AmRov Offline
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Registered: 01/24/05
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Loc: Austin, Texas
First of all -- I know I need lessons. I'm trying to find a teacher that will fit with my schedule.

But in the meantime -- I am teaching myself. I can practice a piece hands separate -- no problem. Can play RH and LH fine. But putting them together? I just fall apart. Right now, I am OK playings things where the hands alternate (like the "easy" parts of Fur Elise, or simple pieces with LH chords, like Greensleeves).

I am a great typist, and I played flute for years. But those activities do not involve the hands doing something different at the same time. *frustrated*

Any tips?
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#994022 - 04/05/05 07:10 AM Re: Playing hands together
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Play as slow as you have to. If that's one beat per 10 seconds, so be it. It's very frustrating in the beginning. It'll get easier.
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#994023 - 04/05/05 07:30 AM Re: Playing hands together
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I hear you. Check out This Thread . It does get easier, with LOTS of practice. \:\)
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#994024 - 04/05/05 07:31 AM Re: Playing hands together
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Don't think of it as the hands doing different things at the same time...think of it as doing one thing that requires the coordinated effort of both hands.

Very much like typing, as a matter of fact. When you type, you don't think of it as hitting all the E's and R's and T's with the left hand, then trying to coordinate in the L's and K's and Y's with the right.

After practicing hands apart, try putting it together by taking it very slowly, as devils4ever suggests, and think of it as "My right hand does this, then the left does that, then the right..." and so on.

#994025 - 04/05/05 07:34 AM Re: Playing hands together
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Yes, slow is a good approach. And work on just a single phrase or measure at a time.

Sometimes it is helpful to add the LH one beat at a time. In other works, play the RH normally, but only add the LH for the first beat of each measure until that is comfortable. Then perhaps add beats 1 and 3 (if the piece is 4/4).

There are other tricks for putting hands together but some of them depend on the nature of the piece. For instance, if the left hand has broken chords, try playing them blocked for awhile.
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#994026 - 04/05/05 07:49 AM Re: Playing hands together
AmRov Offline
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Registered: 01/24/05
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Loc: Austin, Texas
Thanks for the helpful tips; I also checked out the other thread. Yes,I know my thread probably repeated the other thread, so sorry for that.

I also downloaded the Chang book a while back and have been making my way through that.

Now to find a teacher...
Total Noob.

#994027 - 04/05/05 08:28 AM Re: Playing hands together
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Registered: 03/21/05
Posts: 56
Loc: Northern California

One other thing - the metronome is your friend. Use it.


#994028 - 04/05/05 09:39 AM Re: Playing hands together
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you need to count, one bar at a time, doing HT. so, first know what notes on each beat LH and RH separately (say, you divide the bar into 4 beats), then count a beat at a time while playing HT. if one beat contains too many notes on one or both hands, then divide the count further by 2. try HT for each new count then and keep going to the next count if you can handle; otherwise, work on each count alone before doing counting with HT from the beginning of that bar. the patience is important, because you need time to trust your hands playing and coordinating with each other.


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