Practice advice: Struggling with alternating left hand and off beat right hand melody?



Asked by: Patricia Sims

How do you make your hands play different rhythms?





What I want you to do and I highly suggest is flip it around the other way play the longer notes. With your right hand while playing two of the notes with your left. Hand.

How can I train my hands to work independently?

All you're doing is playing a five finger c scale quarter notes in one hand and eighth notes on the other hand it gets tricky when you have to move seamlessly. Between which hand gets the longer note.

Should I practice piano hands separately?

The benefit of practicing your hands separately is that you can focus on note-learning, technical sections and nuances of voicing and phrasing that might be overlooked if you practice hands together. So don’t forget about practicing separately once passed the initial phase of learning a passage.

How can I improve my rhythm?

Let’s look at some useful tips for how you can improve your rhythm and timing when playing music.



Try to incorporate one or more into your regular practice immediately and then add the others over time.

  1. Counting and Slow Tempo. …
  2. Record and Play Back. …
  3. Divide the Beat. …
  4. Practice rhythm and timing on different instruments.





Why is it so hard to play piano with both hands?

Tips to Play The Piano With Both Hands



Focus on rhythm first. It is much harder to combine the elements of the two hands if you haven’t fully understood the rhythm of what is playing on both hands. It is much better to have a clear idea of the rhythm. Practice just tapping your hands to the beat if you need to.

How can I improve my left and right hand coordination?

Up & Down. Here’s an easy exercise to learn hand coordination on a keyboard. Put your hands in “ready position” and then rest both thumbs on middle C and your fingers on the four white keys either side of C. Play up the scale with the right hand, then down the scale with the left hand.

How do you play left and right hand separately?

All you have to do in this exercise. Is start playing the melody in the right hand and then once you're a bar into it start playing the same melody in the left hand this is also called the canon.

Is hand independence hard?

Hand independence is one of the most difficult aspects to come to terms with when you are training your brain to play the piano. It might seem maddening to start, but getting familiar with complimentary rhythms and movements will take your playing to the next level.



Should I practice scales with both hands?

Most pianists practice scales with both hands together, running each over several octaves. But I like to start by playing scales one hand at a time. This allows me to focus on how well I am connecting the notes, and on not dropping my wrist when I cross my thumb under, which will produce an unwanted accented note.

Why are pianists thin?

Pianoplaying can be hard work, and stressfull. I think playing piano intensivly makes you loose weight quickly. Also it’s indeed probably so that thin hands help with technique , so that it ends up that most famous pianists have thin hands.

Can fat fingers play piano?

Of course yes but once you are fluent with piano you will notice that it will be better to use appropriate finger for particular key, in fact you will yourself begin to use the fingers which will allow you to play piano easily.



Do pianists get calluses?

Calluses do have an effect, but nothing that can’t be overcome. In fact, most professional pianists have calluses, and many string players with heavy calluses also play piano without issues.

Do pianists look at their hands?

The short answer to that last question is: YES! It’s perfectly acceptable and normal for a pianist to look at their hands while they play. An important part of the design of any musical instrument is the necessary range of movement for the player in order to produce sound.

Are pianists ambidextrous?

Scientists have scanned the brains of pianists and found a unique trait. Many pianists have a more symmetrical central sulcus. They develop into ambidextrous beings. After years of playing the piano, their brains learned to ignore one hand has more dominant than the other.

Are piano players good in bed?

In short, the answer is “not really“. There just isn’t a real correlation between the level of pleasure in mating and a pianist’s skill.



Are musicians smarter than non-musicians?

Musicians show higher general intelligence (FSIQ), verbal intelligence (VIQ), working memory (WMI) and attention skills than non-musicians.