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The reaction force of the key is much to small to cause any damage to your thumb, unless you are pressing down very hard on the key after you play the note (which is pointless). The interphalangeal thumb joint you are talking about should not be "doing anything much" in piano playing - certainly not when playing an octave stretch between thumb and little ...


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I'm not sure what you mean by 'balancing'. I assume you mean ensuring that both notes have the same tone quality and dynamics, and that you get a smooth transition between them. Yes, that's 420 pairs of notes to consider, but only very few of them will be difficult. Ignore the easy ones (revisit them later) and concentrate on the difficult ones. Do all ...


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Here’s some exercises that have helped me in no particular order: Try to figure out any random song you come across on youtube. Use the play settings in bottom right corner to adjust playback speed. For example, you can make it twice as slow. Tip: first thing to figure out is what scale it’s in. That way you can worry about a lot less notes when you play it ...


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My practice was: Sit down at the piano and reproduce elements of songs in terms of (1) chords, (2) melody, (3) rhythm, until it sounded reasonably close to what I wanted. Improvise changes to the tunes. Chord substitutions, melody improvisation, rhythmic changes. For example, whenever I learned a new variation of a chord that works as a minor chord in a ...


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@Jeremy Holland Actually I wanted to post this as a comment to your question, but I need to post an image in order to describe my point, so I post it as an answer: There is a typo in the image of the music you posted, the bar should be like this: You can find a lot of edtions on IMSLP Fantaisie Impromptu IMSLP and almost all of them have have the D♯ in ...


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There are many teachers in existence who lack skills a "good" teacher should have and I don't know any teachers who don't consider themselves "good". Therefore I take issue with a blanket response of get a good teacher. I feel there are other ways to learn besides formal instruction. Children become very proficient on their digital devices just by playing ...


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I have found that The Tersun Press exercises help develop facility especially in using your fifth and fourth fingers. In the Intermediate Exercise Book ..the first exercise..involves playing "broken" major seconds using various combinations of fingers in both hands. Beginning with thumb and second finger and ending with thumb and fifth fingers. At first ...


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