I can't be the only one who deals with this. Who else gets annoyed by this?
I made a cheat for myself out of soft plastic sheet.It`s a white strip of stuff that covers work surfaces in the kitchen. Cut a length about an inch and a half wide to reach all along the piano keyboard.The music staves are drawn on it with the notes and note names .There may be commercial versions around already. I use that if I get stuck but still rely on the music for most of the playing. Play pieces that you know already to help avoid mistakes . Get used to the basic signposts of D , A and E in the treble and extend outwards as you become familiar with it all. Fur Elise is a good example of a piece to help measure out the note positions and think of your hand as a ruler checking the distances. Get familiar with octave stretches to help with confidence.They appear fairly often.
- Colin Nicholson
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However, only VERY FEW learn the systematic approach of hand co-ordination properly, and in an organised method. The ones that just mess about, or try to play their music at top speed get shuffled to the back of my mind.
Firstly - when we learned to walk, did we start going walking on tight ropes, or did our parents take us to stepping stones (through a torrent river) to learn walking?? Of course not - this requires greater co-ordination skills.... yet , many think that by adding the left hand will just "come naturally" ...... it wont.
Here are some general tips:-
1. Learn each hand VERY SLOWLY - less than half speed.
2. Learn tunes in unison... LH one octave below RH
3. Remember the "rule of 6"
4. Slowly learn scales/ contrary motion scales/ 5 finger exercises
5. Stick to "one note in the bass" per bar for now for RH melodies.
6. Stay in C major (or A minor) for several months
7. Gradually introduce basic chord triads
8. Learn tunes that "share" the melody between hands.
Try this book.... Piano Lessons Bk 1 by F Waterman & M Harewood (Faber)
Then see your progress in leaps & bounds - dont cut corners, dont include bad habits - and have some lessons with a professional teacher who will guide you.
- Evan Wilder
'Cheat,' he said.