Welcome to the Piano World Piano Forums
Over 2.5 million posts about pianos, digital pianos, and all types of keyboard instruments
Join the World's Largest Community of Piano Lovers (it's free)
It's Fun to Play the Piano ... Please Pass It On!

Gifts and supplies for the musician

the Forums & Piano World

This Search is powered by Google
Sanderson Accu-Tuner
Piano Life Saver - Dampp Chaser
Dampp Chaser Piano Life Saver
Grotrian Concert
for Pianoteq out now
Piano Buyer Guide
Acoustic & Digital Piano Buyers Guide
Who's Online
85 registered (AZNpiano, Beakybird, agraffe, Blues beater, ando, 19 invisible), 1853 Guests and 6 Spiders online.
Key: Admin, Global Mod, Mod
Estonia Pianos
Estonia Pianos
Quick Links to Useful Piano & Music Resources
Our Classified Ads
Find Piano Professionals-

*Piano Dealers - Piano Stores
*Piano Tuners
*Piano Teachers
*Piano Movers
*Piano Restorations
*Piano Manufacturers

Quick Links:
*Advertise On Piano World
*Free Piano Newsletter
*Online Piano Recitals
*Piano Recitals Index
*Piano & Music Accessories
*Live Piano Venues
*Music School Listings
* Buying a Piano
*Buying A Acoustic Piano
*Buying a Digital Piano
*Pianos for Sale
*Sell Your Piano
*How Old is My Piano?
*Piano Books
*Piano Art, Pictures, & Posters
*Directory/Site Map
*Virtual Piano
*Music Word Search
*Piano Screen Saver
*Piano Videos
*Virtual Piano Chords
Topic Options
#994021 - 04/05/05 07:04 AM Playing hands together
AmRov Offline
Full Member

Registered: 01/24/05
Posts: 25
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?
Total Noob.

Piano & Music Accessories
piano accessories music gifts tuning and moving equipment
#994022 - 04/05/05 07:10 AM Re: Playing hands together
devils4ever Offline
Full Member

Registered: 04/12/04
Posts: 477
Loc: northwest NJ
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.
"Applaud friends, the comedy is over." --Ludwig van Beethoven on his deathbed.
August Förster 190 Artcase

#994023 - 04/05/05 07:30 AM Re: Playing hands together
Jerry Luke Offline
500 Post Club Member

Registered: 09/15/04
Posts: 969
Loc: Tillamook, Oregon

I hear you. Check out This Thread . It does get easier, with LOTS of practice. \:\)
Support our troops!

#994024 - 04/05/05 07:31 AM Re: Playing hands together
Ermo Offline
Full Member

Registered: 01/25/05
Posts: 278
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
packa Offline
1000 Post Club Member

Registered: 02/05/05
Posts: 1408
Loc: Dallas, TX
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.
Paul Buchanan
Estonia L168 #1718

#994026 - 04/05/05 07:49 AM Re: Playing hands together
AmRov Offline
Full Member

Registered: 01/24/05
Posts: 25
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
ThomD Offline
Full Member

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
signa Offline
8000 Post Club Member

Registered: 06/06/04
Posts: 8483
Loc: Ohio, USA
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.


Moderator:  BB Player, casinitaly 
Pierce Piano Atlas

Piano Summit 2017!
Piano Summit 2017!
Check out the itineraries!
Click for Details
Piano Summit 2017
Lindeblad Piano
Lindeblad Piano Restorations and sales
Pearl River
Pearl River Pianos
Piano Acc. & Gift Items in
Piano World's Online Store
In PianoSupplies.com ,(a division of Piano World) our online store for piano and music gifts and accessories, party goods, tuning equipment, piano moving equipment, benches, lamps Caster Cups and more.

Free Shipping on Jansen Artist Piano Benches
New Topics - Multiple Forums
April 1, I'm performing in Carnegie Hall (not as a pianist)
by Orange Soda King
02/19/17 10:32 PM
Easy, but fast and energetic pieces?
by VijvalN
02/19/17 10:08 PM
Need Advice - May Purchase 16 Yr Old Nordiska
02/19/17 06:25 PM
My practice app of choice and how I use it
by JackMusic
02/19/17 06:24 PM
Software module vs keyboard inner sound engine, practical
by hag01
02/19/17 05:05 PM
Sheet Music Plus
Sheet Music Plus Featured Sale
Forum Stats
86,724 Registered Members
44 Forums
178,593 Topics
2,600,015 Posts

Most users ever online: 15,252 @ 03/21/10 11:39 PM

Visit our online store for gifts for music lovers

Help keep the forums up and running with a donation, any amount is appreciated!
Or by becoming a Subscribing member! Thank-you.
Donate   Subscribe
Our Piano Related Classified Ads
Dealers | Tuners | Lessons | Movers | Restorations | Pianos For Sale | Sell Your Piano |

Advertise on Piano World
| Subscribe | Piano World | PianoSupplies.com | Advertise on Piano World | Donate | Link to Us | Classifieds |
| |Contact | Privacy | Legal | About Us | Site Map | Free Newsletter | Press Room |

copyright 1997 - 2017 Piano World ® all rights reserved
No part of this site may be reproduced without prior written permission