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The Piano Player Issue #50 -- Piano Technique Builders
November 10, 2019
Tips & Tools for Piano Players: Piano Technique Builders
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"The Piano Player" Newsletter #50, November 2019
In This Issue:
Piano Technique Builders
Tips and Tricks for BeginnersThere are some technique fundamentals that may seem too small and insignificant to pay much attention to.
But these tiny "things" can actually stop you from playing well. So, small is definitely not insignificant!
Learning your finger numbers well is going to save you lots of time reading sheet music (where fingering is written). You'll know how to play sooner and with fewer mistakes, if you know your finger numbers automatically and instinctively.
Proper hand posture is equally important. You'll build strength and flexibility, be able to play with fluidity more easily, and avoid pain and strain with the correct posture.
In this newsletter we'll also have a look at some quite enjoyable exercises where you'll learn how to play one hand louder (or softer) than the other. Such an important skill for when you're struggling to bring out the melody to be heard above the accompaniment.
One reader asked an important question about "stiff fingers" and how to get a rich sound. You can read my answer to this. And remember; if you have any questions about piano playing or technique, you can ask me too!
Finally I'll give you some tips about my favorite music books to help you improve your piano technique.
Drill Your Finger Numbers with Ode to Joy
In this lesson you'll practice fingering by learning how to play "Ode to Joy" only by reading finger numbers. Finally, you can print a free PDF with the sheet music to continue practice with notes, if you like.
Hand Posture for Piano PlayingIt is fundamental to learn how to keep your hands in a relaxed hand posture to avoid any unnecessary tension that can lead to strain and pain, and to help make your playing as effortless as possible.
In this lesson you'll practice how to play with the correct posture with helpful exercises and tricks.
Piano Playing Tips: Melody vs AccompanimentA common difficulty for pianists is how to make the melody sound more than the accompaniment.
In this lesson you will Learn solid playing tips and exercises to help you become great at balancing the weight between the hands, and learn fun exercises to be able to bring out the melody wherever it's hiding.
Got Piano Questions?
Piano Question of the MonthPiano Playing Technique Stiff Fingers vs Fullness of Sound
My piano teacher is always telling me that it looks like I have arthritis when I'm playing my piano songs and that my tone isn't as full and rich because my hands don't move gracefully from one key to another.
Her advice is to exaggerate the finger motions so that I get used to moving my fingers a lot, but it doesn't help that much.
How can I get rid of my stiff fingers while playing?
Piano Books to Help You Build a Great Playing Technique
What are the best books to help you build a great piano playing technique?
There are many books about piano technique "out there". These are the books I have found give great, measurable results and that are very effective for beginners.
Here is a step by step plan with suitable materials to help you build a great playing technique, tailored especially for beginner (adult) pianists.
Comments? Ideas? Feedback?I'd love to hear from you. Just reply to this newsletter and tell me what you think, or what you'd like to read more about.
Your Online Piano Coach,
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