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Jazz Piano: Progressing to hand independence

I can improvise relatively freely over standards when using a moderate variety of voicings in the left hand. I can improvise basslines reasonably well over right hand voicings. Given I'm a ...
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How to learn to play a song on which left hand key presses are not related with right hand part?

I'm not sure how to better word the title of this question. I'm trying to learn the following song: In here the arpeggio (left hand) seems to be more like a rhythm ...
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How to improve my technique while learning Yann Tiersen's "Pern"?

I'm a self learner, unfortunately I did not have any lessons. I try to work on scales, keys, articulation, tempo, etc. myself. And I also try to curve my fingers whenever I can. I can't read notes ...
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"No roots" (Alice Mergon/Nicolas Rebscher) - How to achieve hand independence? [duplicate]

I'm trying to play "No Roots" by Alice Merton and Nicolas Rebscher in an intermediate rendition. Left and right hand definitely doable on their own and I can also play them together as far ...
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how to deal with registration bank changes without interrupting the flow of the music? [closed]

I have been practicing keyboard for a year now and I can play scales, Chords and some songs nicely with right hand, with left hand I play with a 50% speed as that of right hand. I am trying to ...
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Piano can play hands together but not separately. Why?

At my piano lesson yesterday, my playing was OK hands together, but when directed to play hands separately to improve my playing (of course), I didn't know it well enough, and I have struggled today ...
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Best techniques for hihat foot independence

I am self taught regarding drum set and have neglected training hihat foot independence. I can keep with a metronome alright so the sense of timing is not much of an issue, but when I try to open/...
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Recommendations for beginner piano pieces that make equal use of both hands [closed]

There are more demands on my right hand for much of what I play, and am beginning to notice a difference between my hands when playing e.g. scales. I would like to play more pieces that make equal ...
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Is it true limb independence if I can play the piece, but think of each voice as a single whole?

Apologies for the strange title; I'll explain. Let's say I'm tapping out a 5:3 beat or playing something like this minuet. I can think of the rhythms in two ways. 1) It's a single piece—there's ...
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playing basic tunes on piano reading sheet music using chords

I’m an accomplished jazz trombonist and not actively playing anymore. I would like help improving my piano playing, especially my left hand chord fingering. I can sight read and play just about ...
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I'm a traditional snare drummer who has serious issues using my left hand

I'm looking for exercises to help with my motor control in my left wrist. Ever since I started heavy lifting on a daily basis at work, my left hand has become tighter and stiffer to the point where I ...
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Why did Queen use cross-handed technique to play the piano part of Bohemian Rhapsody?

I tried to find some explanation for this based on watching this YouTube video I found a similar question on here, but I'm not sure it addresses my specific situation. If anyone here can elaborate ...
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Right hand way better than left hand -Piano [closed]

So the thing is, I can learn most new RH parts pretty fast even if it is a difficult piece like flight of the bumble-bee. The problem is that my left hand isn't on the same level so if I practice for ...
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Developing Hand independence and Finger independence

Are there good exercises for hand and finger independence for beginners. I am a beginner, and am having difficulty with the bar pasted below. There is a triplet subdivision in the bass notes, and ...
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Piano scales: Why bother with hands together?

During my first ten years studying classical piano, the scales that I played were hands together, parallel. But the only literature that actually has scales in both hands, for more than one bar per ...
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drumming -- voice as a 5th dimension of independence

Working on 4 limb independence. Counting beats or measures in my head (or out loud) is really hard. 4/4 I can just feel and seldom screw up, but I'm studying jazz and trying not to get lost doing ...
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Advice on fingering and hand position

I am practicing left hand of the following peice on piano. It needs to be played relatively fast with fingers spanned over an octave, involving D3, G3, B3b, D4. Any advice on how to position my hand ...
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Piano both hands, learning curve

I had started learning a piece of music with both hands on piano. I have noticed that at the beginning, playing with both hands seems impossible. That is, one hand stops playing, presses wrong keys, ...
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How should I approach this section of Beethovens Op2 No1

I started this piece around 2 days ago for my grade 8 piano exam and I've been having a nightmare with the beginning section(red circles). I can play the rest of the piece with no problem but the ...
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Effect of an impaired finger on playing piano

My right hand index finger has been injured severely. I cannot bend the middle joint of that finger, since the joint is dislocated and not in straight position tilted toward left a bit. I am ...
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Hands-separate piano practice doesn't seem to help with hands-together playing

I'm a late starter with 'official' piano lessons and wondered if my learning experience is typical. As I'm sure many do, my piano teacher tells my to practice left and right hands separately. I can ...
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Sight reading trebel and bass clef at same time

I am very happy to read bass and treble individually. I can also play them individually very well. I tend to learn a piece(small to medium size and easy to medium with a hard one thrown in now and ...
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Getting restarted with the piano as a beginner

Nearly three years ago, I had taken lessons for perhaps half a year or so until I stopped because I didn't feel like my teacher was effective and I wasn't particularly fond with his teaching style. ...
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Piano both hands, different forces exercises

I'm practicing piano for almost a year now and I'm getting very good especially at playing with both hands. But for the first time I met a piece that requires me to apply different forces on both ...
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How to learn to exchange hands' roles on keyboard

I'm used to using my left hand to play rhythmic parts and my right hand to play melodic lines (like, I assume, many other players). What kind of approaches would you recommend to learn to swap these ...
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Learning a guitar tab: separating bass line from melody

I've been playing guitar for a year now and I don't know much theory. I typically learn tabs, practice them, and finally (the climax) is to play while the song is playing. The way I learn guitar tabs ...
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How does your brain learn to play the piano two-handed?

As a new piano player I find the entire concept of doing two separate things at once massively challenging. Even when both parts are incredibly simple and I can sight-read both lines mentally easily, ...
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Practice advice: Struggling with alternating left hand and off beat right hand melody

It comes up a lot but it is a massive weakness for me, and I wonder if I am just lacking aptitude, or if I'm practicing wrong. My problem is when I have an alternating bass with the left hand, e.g. ...
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Pinky And Ring Finger Independence And Dexterity

I recently discovered that my ring finger and pinky seem to have the least amount of independence with respect to the rest of my fingers when fretting the guitar, and exceptionally so. I experience ...
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How to learn to play 'out of phase' with yourself?

There's a Piano piece by Steve Reich called piano phase, in which the same notes are played on 2 pianos (usually by different people), but over time, they shift out of phase with each other. Here's ...
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Left Right Hand Co-ordination on Piano [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How can I significantly improve my hand independence on piano? I'm a intermediate piano student (I can play almost without a break if you give me notes but am still poor on ...
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How can I significantly improve my hand independence on piano?

I started taking piano lessons about 7 years ago, and stopped about 2 years ago when my teacher (the one and only piano teacher I've had) quit. In all honesty, my piano has been severely neglected ...
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