It is well known that one of the common mistakes a learning pianist makes is to use the left hand “too loudly” when playing.

I know I have in the past but I have managed to control my left hand through brain control.

I also found it more controlled when I drop my wrist slightly when playing bass lines which tends to help me control my enthusiasm!

I am also aware of different techniques such as attack, flat hands play, between keys...etc...


In the quest of improvement, do different techniques/hand positions exists in order to control even more?


I achieve different sound levels by thinking of how much weight of fingers, wrists, arms... to place. So say, Forte would using all my arm weight from the elbow

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    Are you talking about left hand bass or left hand chords? In my experience, bass lines are usually too quiet when played by pianists (except when they're doubling a proper bass instrument, in which case they should really just stop it entirely...). Dec 16, 2017 at 11:31
  • Just left hand use in general. See other comment
    – user33232
    Dec 16, 2017 at 13:09

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Lack of control is certainly something all beginner pianists have to work through. I wouldn't say it was particularly a left hand problem. But if it is for you, let's try to help.

I'm a bit worried about your idea of dropping the wrist. It could stop you using hand and arm weight. But you can do that without a low wrist. Keep the usual 'curved fingers' position and make sure your hand and arm aren't flopping up and down.

But this isn't something we can fix with words. A teacher, watching you play, can sort this out with you.

  • My hand doesn’t drop that much. It’s just lower than the right at time, I find I have more control. I still have excellent relaxation and full arm motion. I am self taught so no teacher. I just wanted to know what others do.... and I was assessed by a teacher and no real problems were found....
    – user33232
    Dec 16, 2017 at 13:08

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