what's up everybody today I'm going to teach you the most basic fundamental important piano technique I'm going to show you exactly how to learn it and exactly how to do it let's get started all right cut the cheese music it's piano time I might be my catchphrase now I'm not really sure anyways if you guys want to skip to the exact part where I teach you step-by-step how to do the drill you can press up here but first I'm going to tell you exactly why you need to learn this drill exactly why it's so important because this it's a weird drill like I'm gonna tell you guys right now so this is basically the basis for everything else you will do in piano and it teaches relaxation and it teaches the arm motion that you need to use what are you doing scales arpeggios any of that stuff I call it the miyagi technique and because I've ever seen the Karate Kid just do mr. Miyagi and he's teaching the kid karate right and at the beginning he's like oh yeah you got to wash all these windows and the kids like washing like you know hundreds of windows and just washing and washing you're sitting there in the theater and you're like dude teach him some cool karate moves like why he wasting his time washing the windows and then at the end you realize that motion of Washington windows is the exact same motion for like the most important defense move in all in karate which is like this like little defense move and this is exactly what this technique is for piano you'll be like oh this seems like just weird why my flopping my hand on the piano and you realize oh it's because it teaches a certain motion that you use and everything else you'll play all right so here in step by step how to do the Miyagi Technique step one is called the flop and this is to teach complete relaxation of your hand and and your wrist and your arm so what you do is you take your right hand and you just flop it over your left hand like this right and you want to be holding the entire weight of your right arm with your left hand so you don't want to be hold like if you drop your left arm your right answer just like flop just flop right down to your side and the reason that is you want you want to develop a complete relaxation your right hand when you play it and all you're gonna do for the first exercise is flop your right hand onto the keys using your left hand so it's just like this and that seems like super weird I know it does but just trust me we'll get on to how this affects your playing so here's what how everybody messes up this part a lot of people like once your hand starts falling you'll have this like natural tendency to kind of tense up your arm because your your brain is saying oh no my right hand is gonna like impact these keys I don't want it to hurt so I'm gonna tense up so I'm gonna make sure you don't you know do that but you actually really flop it and think of what I do is I think of my arm as you know the pirate ships with those those huge ropes like the ropes that are like super thick for the sails and stuff so pretend your arm is one of those and it just rained right it just rained so the Rope is like soaking wet and just like super heavy that's what you want to think of your arm as just as heavy rope that just flops down all right so that's step one the flop step two is called the catch now you're gonna do the exact same thing except you're gonna catch it with your finger on a note so instead of just letting arm flop they're gonna catch it on a note so it's gonna look something like this and you want it you can do this with all your fingers so first do your your third fingers your easier so do that one first then you can do you know second finger fourth finger just do all your fingers and what you want to focus on on this part is you don't want your finger to collapse that's like the worst thing that can happen in terms of piano technique and collapse means okay notice there's like a curve of my finger right whenever your finger goes like this that's a collapse or of this joint collapse it will look like this it'll kind of Bend like hyperextend backwards you don't want that that's bad you want there's a couple advanced techniques that use that but for a beginner don't do that you want to always have some kind of even if it's just a little curve even it's just like this you want that curve in your finger and the second thing you want to do you hit the you want to let your wrist fall down below blow the keys and roll to the outside your wrist and your elbow roll to the outside and if you see people playing expressive you know them you know they have that motion and that's what develops a certain tone on the piano and it gives it that really like expressive quality like you know when you play the exact same note to somebody but there's this sounds like smooth and you're like man there's just sounds like super smooth I'm playing the exact same notes why is it mine sound like that because you don't have the tone down and you can't really hear what the keyboard unfortunately but try playing on an actual piano you know playing that and then playing the more rolled out version you you can see right away that the tune is different and it's a lot better all right now step three it's called independence so basically it's the same thing as step two but you stopped using your left hand and you just use your right hand so take your right hand and you just do a slight lift and then you do the complete relaxation so it's just but you still want to get that kind of dead arm feel or you're just using gravity to help you play the notes instead of using force and using your muscles all right then on to step four and step four is the same thing but now we're gonna play chords right so you'll um start maybe with a three note chords so maybe ceg and you just play and then you can play it in all the inversions right second inversion and eventually you want to get onto for note chords where you're playing oh another thing to another thing for chords is you want to breathe in and then like breathe out as you're releasing the chord and helps you kind of let go of all that tension and just like get the real chord song so like breathe in as you're lifting so so that's what its gonna look like eventually you want to get this both hands at the same time and the final like kind of step to this process then you do both hands for notes so you want to work it up so eventually you know do your left hand single notes and then once you get both single notes down pretty good then you move on to two or a chords up one hand at a time and chords two-hundred time and then move on to the four-note chords one-handed in two hands at a time so it's kind of like a progression and you stack it up right so eventually like the final kind of partners progression is for no cords both hands at the same time so here's what the drill sounds like [Laughter] and if you know something like really exaggerating this roll out with my elbows right and you want to do that because when you're playing pieces it's easy to it's easy to tone that back but if you don't do it a lot to start with it's hard to kind of overdo it so you want to overdo it so then it's easier when you don't overdo it basically all right so now when you do this always focus on tone that's a lesson to leave you guys with is actually like listen to what you're playing don't just kind of you know go through the motions and you know you want to listen okay what is my tone sound like if I and try to get that really like warm round tone that's the tone you're gonna want that's what's gonna make your stuff sound beautiful all right that's all I got for you guys today if you guys like this you could hit the subscribe button in my channel I'd really appreciate it and if you guys want more of these like tips and stuff you can join my 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