Piano - Left Hand Question

by Anonymous

First, I would like to thank you for your really wonderful web site. I think that it's the most informative and welcoming site, that I have seen and read. Its content is precious and I can feel that it's written with great love and kindness for others. it helps me a lot!

I thought to ask you a question that I have for quite a while. I am 45 years old and I started to learn at the age of 12 on an electric keyboard (I did want a piano but my parents could not afford one then) so I learned notes, chords, and theory (for some level) but my left hand played mostly chords.

I learned for 6 years in which my teacher, was clever enough to expose me to the piano so I started to train my left hand and play sonatas and played beginners booklets but I didn't continue learning because of my school studies so eventually stopped playing for many years.

A year ago, I decided to make my dream come true, and to do all the efforts to become a pianist (which was my first desire since I was 12 years old)- so I bought a good digital piano, and reviewed notes, and now I'm starting to learn scales and arpeggios for the first time.

I am doing quite well, but I do feel that mt left hand is behind and I was wondering if playing chords for many years is the reason for causing me trouble now. Can I do something to improve my left hand to move to a higher level? I work on Hanon's exercises to strengthen my fingers. I hope it's not too late for me to work on this.

Many thanks for your advice.

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We Can Constantly Learn New Things
by: Maria

Thank you for your kind words, It's great to hear! :)

I'm happy to hear that you are playing the piano again and on your own terms! When we practice something, whatever it is, our muscles adapt to that of course.

Your chord playing will have made your hand used to use certain muscle groups and that's why it might feel strange or clumsy when you try to do something different now.

This, in combination with if you're right-handed, the left hand is always a bit less "flexible". However, our bodies and mind are constantly learning. So there is nothing stopping you from getting your left hand in great shape again.

What we practice often and make as a habit always changes us.

Hanon is brilliant for finger exercises. Practice double what you do in your left than your right. Also, when you practice repertoire, pay a lot of attention to your left hand.

You can also, as you practice for example a melody in your right hand, try to do the same in your left hand. Activate your left as much as possible!

Remember to always express yourself musically in whatever you play also in the left hand, and challenge yourself with etudes that have the melody in the left hand instead of the right.

And no It's never ever too late to learn more and new things! Just keep on going!

Happy practicing,

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