How to play both hands together from the start: piano practice tips from Melanie Spanswick

My video blog (vlog 17) today focuses on the importance of playing both hands together from the start. I say from the start but actually this will probably gradually happen in the first few weeks of learning. It’s important to build this aspect into piano playing fairly quickly as my vlog explains…..

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For much more information about how to practice piano repertoire, take a look at my piano course, Play it again: PIANO (published by Schott Music). Covering a huge array of styles and genres, the course features a large collection of progressive, graded piano repertoire from approximately Grade 1 to advanced diploma level, with copious practice tips for every piece. A convenient and beneficial course for students of any age, with or without a teacher, and it can also be used alongside piano examination syllabuses too.

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2 Comments Add yours

  1. I can’t imagine trying to go from one hand to two after one having started with one. I feel like it would be like learning everything all over again.

    I always try to remember to do things right from the very beginning. I won’t rush through just to finish and then go back. I take one step at a time. Once you have practiced something incorrectly, it is very difficult to correct it later on.They say a stimulus enters long-term memory (that is, it is “learned”) after it has been attentively observed 7 times. But if an “incorrect” stimulus is first learned, it then takes an average of 35 repetitions to learn the “corrected” stimulus. So in other words if you are practicing a piece and you are playing an A key instead of B key, it will take you 35 more times to re-learn it with the correct key. Why waste all that time when you can just start off with slow, attentive practice right from the beginning?

    1. I agree with your comments – thanks for reading 🙂

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