Here are piano playing tips and exercises to help you become great at balancing the weight between the hands, and to be able to bring out the melody above the accompaniment!
A common difficulty for pianists is how to make the melody sound more than the accompaniment.
Often the melody is in the right hand, and the accompaniment in the left, and if you are right handed it may be OK to make your right hand a bit louder...
But some pieces bring some challenge to the matter by having a rather difficult accompaniment in the left hand, which then makes us focus more on the «difficult» hand.
And since what we focus on is what we tend to «bring out» or play louder, it is a bit of an issue...
Another problem is when it is reversed, the melody is now in the left hand, and the right hand needs to get soft. Arrgh!
Here are three great piano playing tips and exercises that really work. Learn them all so that you can always be able to bring out the melody- wherever it is hidden!
Keep working on the extremes- sometimes even 5-0. This means one hand just touching the keys without sound! It's all about learning to feel balance.
Many pieces have a melody that is «hidden» within a lot of other notes, all played by one hand. Let’s pick R. Schumann’s «Wiegenliedchen» as an example:
See how the top notes are hiding the melody? The melody notes have a stem going up, indicating that they are quarter notes.
The problem: The melody is played with the fingers 3,4,5 all the
time. The other fingers should be played softer so the melody can be heard.
Here’s what you do:
If you now play it «normally» again you will hear the melody bright and clear above the rest! Sure, your 5th finger might be a bit sore...
Here is a true multitasking exercise, and great fun to do!
Let’s say you are working on S. Joplin’s "The Entertainer" (Click for a free PDF).
Problem: There is some hard work in the left hand, and then on top all the stuff you need to do with your right. Whew!
Here’s how to work:
I have my students:
All while playing the same pattern over and over in the left hand.
How did you do? Did these piano playing tips help you? Let me know in the comments below!
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