– Your piano teacher Tim here, and today, I have some awesome exercises that are really gonna help you improve your two-handed piano playing. And I’m also gonna show you the order in which you should learn ’em. Okay, the first exercise
you should be working on, if you’re not already, are scales. And obviously, you wanna start out by learning your C scale.
(scaling piano music) I would start out by
learning them two octaves. (scaling piano music) Speed is not so much of
an issue in the beginning, but you wanna learn them
two octaves in every key that you can, all the majors, at least. And so, you know,
(scaling piano music) then you would do the one with one sharp, and then the key with two sharps, and then the key with three sharps, until you get to seven sharps, and then learn all of
your flat keys, as well. I’ll try to remember to put a link in the description for you if you are interested in learning more about exactly what scales
are and how to play them. So learn them in all
your keys, two octaves. It’s a very basic thing
you should start with because scales involve
playing the same note just an octave apart,
(scaling piano music) and they involve simple
finger crosses, as well. So they aren’t overly difficult, but they’re something
you wanna start out with if you are new to playing with both hands. All right, so a lot of you
probably do know about scales. Let’s get onto the next one. All right, after you’ve
learned your scales, the next thing you should
learn are Hanon exercises. Now, what are these, and why
are they good for beginners, or maybe the second
exercise you should learn? Well, because they involve
playing the same note an octave apart, again, in parallel. (simple piano music)
So that’s why I told you to learn scales, right? So what’s the point of these? Well, each pattern’s a
little bit different, whereas scales are all
(scaling piano music) pretty much the same, I mean, they have different sharps or flats. What a Hanon exercise will do
(simple piano music) is it will introduce a pattern, and you will move that pattern
up the keyboard gradually until you get to the top, which
happens around here, or so, and then what you do is you come back the other way, whoops.
(simple piano music) So in each exercise is actually designed to train a certain part of your hand. So like, comin’ down here,
(simple piano music) with your left hand, you’re
kinda getting a stretch there, with your right hand,
(simple piano music) you’re getting a stretch there. And each exercise has a
different kind of thing that it is working on. So how should you practice these? Well, there’s a lot of exercises to learn. What I would do is I
would learn each exercise. I would learn the first 10. They’re all on this website here. First 10, no speed requirements at all. Now, you just wanna be able to play from the beginning to the end. After you do that for a while, you want to set a metronome, and then begin playing
them with the metronome, getting them up to a speed, I would say, of about quarter note
equals 100, maybe even 120. All right, let me show
you the next exercise. Okay, after you’ve learned your scales, after you’ve learned the first
10 Hanon exercises or so, maybe you’re working on
getting that tempo up. You definitely wanna learn
the Czerny School of Velocity. These are really cool
’cause these kinda combine everything all into one. They combine scales, chords, I think the ones later on, arpeggios, and different things
you’re actually gonna find in actual sheet music. (bright piano music) And similar to the Hanon exercises, they involve certain patterns, and then moving up the keyboard. By the way, that is
what we call sequencing. So the same thing with these. I would honestly learn the first 10, no speed requirements, don’t worry about getting the
metronome out or anything. Just learn the first 10, be able to get from the
beginning to the end of each one, ’cause they will train you on something a little bit different. Now, what I would do is go through the first 10 a second
time using a metronome, that thing that dings and clicks, to get your speed up. And you wanna be as accurate as possible, or maintain a high a speed that you can while still maintaining
accuracy with your notes. I’m gonna also try to remember a link in the description for you so you know where to find these, as well. I believe all the things I’m
gonna be telling you tonight, or all the exercises, you can
find online, which is great. So after the whole lesson’s over, then, you know, go
through and check them out and download them or bookmark them. All right, on to the next
exercise that I recommend. Okay, after scales, Hanon,
Czerny School of Velocity, what should you learn next? Well, the perfect thing that
builds right on top of that is, again, by Czerny, which is the Exercises in Passage-Playing, so let’s take a look. So the Exercises in
Passage-Playing, I love these, I love to actually practice these because, first of all, these
sound more like pieces, and that’s actually how
these exercises are gonna go. They’re gonna sound more and more like things you would
actually find in music. This time, you just have (bright piano music)
sort of scale patterns again, but not just up and down all the time, it might be go up and
down and up and down. And then after like the
little scale patterns, you’ll have arpeggio patterns,
(arpeggio piano music) and then maybe a scale pattern
(scale piano music) so it really is mixing up
a lot of ideas into one. The cool thing about this is, you may notice, like,
between numbers one and two, I find that these kinda go in pairs. So once you learn Number
One, you learn Number Two, so the beginning of
Number One goes like this. (bright piano music) And the beginning of
Number Two goes like this. (bright piano music) Sound familiar, well,
they’re the exact same thing, they’re just swapped, which is really cool
’cause it’s gonna give you a really good practice
with your scale runs, arpeggios in the right hand, but not just your right
hand, also your left hand. Okay, on to the next set, oh, one thing I wanna tell you is that to practice these, just go through and learn them. I would learn them one at a time, maybe learn the first one, and then get the first one up to speed, learn the second one, then get the second one up to speed. And then maybe, since
they kinda go in pairs, play Number One and Number Two, and see if you can play
them at the same speed, and that’ll be a really good test to make sure that both
hands are working together, and you don’t have one hand that’s super, super way
stronger than the other, which actually’s really common, because a lot of us are dominant handed, one way or the other. Okay, on to the next exercise. After you have learned all of these, what should you do then? Maybe you’re running out
of things to practice. Well, I did give you a pretty good list, but if you’ve learned all your scales, especially, one thing
I wanna tell you about is there’s different
ways to practice scales. And a lot of people don’t know this. They’re just used to (scaling piano music) playing them two, maybe even four octaves, you wanna work up to. But there are other ways to practice them. For instance, we’re used
(scaling piano music) to practicing them in parallel, meaning you’re moving the same note at the same time at the same speed. However, what you can do,
(single note piano music) you learn them in contrary motion, (scaling piano music) meaning you’re going
the opposite direction. It’s kinda interesting
because it’s gonna be a different type of feel, because when you’re practicing them in parallel,
(scaling piano music) you’re used to finger
crosses at certain times. Here, what’s weird is
(scaling piano music) it makes it a little bit easier because the finger crosses actually happen at the same time. So you have to get used to
(scaling piano music) just that little bit of a difference. So try learning them in parallel, starting on the same note,
(slow scaling piano music) and then branching out. And you have to be careful, because, say, you’re doin’ the key of G, (scaling piano music)
you have to make sure that you have any notes
in the key signature where they’re supposed to be. So that part is the challenge because now, those do
not hit at the same time. So I’d say, finger-wise, they’re easier in the contrary, but they are more difficult
with the sharps and flats. Okay, let me show you some
other ways to practice scales. You can also practice scales in thirds, meaning you’re starting on C
(single note piano music) or whatever note the scale’s
on, and you’re starting a third away
(single note piano music) with your right hand, your other hand. Let me get this thing out of the way. (scaling piano music) Just like that, and it’s a bit different because now, you have
different finger crosses going on than you’re used to. (scaling piano music) And when you’re doin’ in different keys, you also have to be careful, as well, (scaling piano music) because now, your sharps are
in different places, as well. So I would learn them
parallel, then contrary, and then end
(scaling piano music) in thirds, just like that. After that, you probably
wanna really just start getting into arpeggios, right? I mean, the scales
(arpeggio piano music) will take you a long time, as well, but the arpeggios are great
(arpeggio piano music) ’cause they involve finger crosses, they involve kind of like
a shifting up the keyboard, and another thing is you’re
gonna find arpeggios, like scale patterns, in
your music all the time, isn’t that exciting? Okay, one thing a lot of students neglect that’s hurting them with
their two-handed playing is actually sight-reading, which is being able to read through a piece of music the first time. Now, you may be wondering, what does sight reading have to do with playing with both hands? Well, here’s what it has to do with. So the better of a sight
reader you are, first of all, the better of a musician you’ll be, ’cause you’ll be able to pick up songs (bright piano music) and be able to read through them, like, first try, you might make a few mistakes, but if you get really, really good, you can learn some
pretty complicated stuff without, you know, looking
through each individual note, painstakingly taking
weeks to learn each thing. So how does this apply with
both, playing with both hands? Well, when you’re playing with both hands, you wanna be focusing on
the two-hand playing, right, and the coordination between both hands. You don’t wanna be
focusing on notes, rhythms, all this stuff, and including both of your hands. It just won’t work out quite as right, it’s too much for your
brain to handle all at once. If you wanna get better
at playing with both hands at the same time, because of course you did,
you clicked on this video. Check out this playlist I have, the Two-Handed Piano Training Series, where I go over a lot of these examples, an exercise I talked about
today, but in more detail, ’cause it’s a lesson just on scales, a lesson just on Hanon, a lesson just on Czerny, so check those out, you
really, really need to do that.