– Hello, students, and welcome back to the Classroom Tim, here,
again, from Lessons on the Web. And today, we are doing
two-handed piano playing. And, more specifically, I’m
gonna give you some tips on two-handed piano playing,
as well as some examples, and some exercises that you really need to take advantage of, to develop your two-handed piano
playing, to really get over, you know, that struggles
that a lot of us have, when first putting hands
together, and especially, playing at different
rhythms, and different notes, while hands together, so
if you struggle with this, this lesson’s for you, so
we’ll get right on to it. First, we’re gonna start
with some general tips I have about playing with both hands. The very first one I
have is learn the piece, example, scale, arpeggio,
whatever you’re trying to learn, learn it hands separate
first, if you are a beginner, and then, once you’ve kind of
feel like you have it down, hands separate, then
put it hands together. Now, this will help you at first, because it will just give
you less things to have to really concentrate on, think about, ’cause if you really
know what you’re playing with both hands,
individually, it’ll just be a little bit easier to connect it, when you put hands together. It may sound simple, may
sound straightforward, but it’s always a good tip for beginners. Now, as you get more advanced, you may want to start playing two-handed, right off the bat, but by then, you should be a bit
more comfortable playing with both hands. Okay, general tip number
two is play slowly. This is probably the most important tip, because probably most of my
students make this mistake, including myself, at times. You want to slow down your playing, when you’re playing something
that you find difficult, so whether it’s playing with both hands, playing a difficult
section, playing a piece that’s a little bit above your level, you need to play slowly. Probably the most important thing. You don’t want to rush through the music, you want to have patience, and you want to have a level of what we call musical maturity,
which is really not, you know, not rushing through things, not trying to get to the goal too soon, really approaching this
logically, and patiently, and consistently, most importantly. Okay, number three, is when first learning to play hands together, avoid examples with complicated rhythms,
or just ones that, examples that are too
complicated, in general, whether it’s pitches,
rhythms, or anything about it. If it’s something that’s
way over your head, you’re just not gonna be able
to play it hands together. You want to play something
probably a bit on the easy side, when you first start to learn
how to play with both hands, together. Okay, on with the resources that I suggest you practice from, or
the things that I suggest you practice. Number one, and you’re gonna sigh, and maybe think this
is boring, but, scales. So, learning your scales is important, but playing your scales,
especially syncing up both hands, is very important in
developing your dexterity, and your ability to play with both hands, up and down the keyboard,
and it’s really good for finger crosses, and things like that. But, like with everything
else, like I said, is you want to learn them
hands separate, first, you want to learn them
one scale at a time, and then, once you feel
like you can play the scale, you know, both hands
separately pretty well, then you gotta put it hands
together, and remember, the important point, the
most important point is what? You want to go slowly. So you can play them together. If you are, all over the place, you need to slow it way, way down. Okay, now, I have a special
little exercise I made up. I’m probably not the first
person to make this up, but I really think it
would help those of us who right now are
thinking about the scales, and be like, oh, well Tim, I already know how to play the scales very well. I can play the same note at the same time. I don’t struggle, as much with that. It’s playing different
rhythms, between the hands, that I struggle with. If you’re one of those
people that says, you know, says that to yourself, then
here’s a little exercise to make the scales a little
bit more challenging, and to develop the interdependence
between both hands, so what I, the one thing I want to suggest is start the key of C. Make it easy, right? You don’t have to worry about
the sharps or the flats. So, what you want to do, is
you want to play the scale in whole notes with your left hand, and half notes with your right hand. What does that mean, really? Well, that means for every
left hand note, I’m playing two right hand notes, and, of course, it’ll be a little slower. And then, when I’m moving
the second left hand note, I’m gonna play the next
two right hand notes. Now, when you get to the
top of the scale up here, you come back down, oops, oh yeah. Let me start again. Sorry about that. (playing piano) And then, when you get to the top, you turn it back around. And then, when you get here, you’re still gonna go all
the way up to the left hand, top of the left hand scale,
while it’s still coming down, and then, meeting in the center. And, if you time it out right, you’ll wind up in the center. If you’re off a little bit, you know, your notes won’t be
exactly right, and then, what you want to do is then
speed it up a little bit. Maybe you could do half
notes in the left hand, and quarter notes in the right hand. Once you’re feeling a little
bit more confident with it. Just like that. So, that will get you
playing different rhythms with each hand. Now, what I want you to
do, and I highly suggest, is flip it around the other way. Play the longer notes
with your right hand, while playing two of the
notes with your left hand. And like I said, at
first, you want to start with whole notes in your right hand, and then, half notes in your left hand. And it will seem a bit slow at first. And then, if you do it right, you’ll land on C at the exact same time. Now, what if that starts to get too easy? Well, you can always speed it up, right? You can start to play,
you know, eighth notes, maybe with your right
hand, and quarter notes with your left hand, so
it’ll be twice as fast. Oops, let me do it again. Not bad. And then, see as fast as you can get it. Maybe you can do 16th notes,
which is four of these for every note I have in the left hand, if I’m playing quarter notes. I think I was off time a little bit. Try it again. I did it right that time, and I know it, because I landed on middle
C at the exact same time, and then, you want to go through this, and you want to do this
with a lot of other scales, as many of them as you can do. You know, that was with the quicker notes in the left hand, slower
notes in the right hand, and I know I had it right because I hit G at the same time. Now, if you’re doing it the opposite way, we have the quicker
notes in the right hand, you’ll hit G together same time, or whatever scale you’re
on, so if you’re doing D. You know, it’ll be like that. So, I suggest you
practice that little tip, or that little exercise, and
do it in as many of the scales as you can. If you have a lot of trouble
doing that, remember, the key thing is to slow it
down, start out, like I said, with just whole notes in the left hand. Half notes in the right
hand, counting slowly. Whoops. You know, and so forth. And then, remember, you know
you’re hitting the right note, or you got it right, if you
end on either the outside notes of the key that you’re in,
so if you’re in the key of C, you’ll land on C. If you’re doing it the other way, you will land on the middle
note together, so just know that you’ll be hitting the
same note at the same time, if you have it right, and you
have it synced up, correctly. We’re gonna talk about Hanon exercises, which we do quite
frequently on this program, this live stream that we have. So, if you don’t know
about Hanon exercises. That’s my website, by
the way, but we are going to Hanon exercises. You just type it into
Google, and you hit enter, and like the first one,
piano, Hanon piano online, now this is a great resource for two-handed piano playing examples. However, you may be seeing these. You know, you can
download them, obviously. You may be looking at this, and saying, well these are the same
note at the same time, kinda like the scales. But that’s fine. That will still develop your
two-handed piano playing, being able to sync them
up, and every exercise develops a certain part of your hands, so the better you are
at this kind of stuff, the better you will be at
two-handed piano playing, ’cause playing the same note
at the same time, in sync, is still a coordination skill to have, so you want to practice these,
so you can practice these. There’s tons of them for free. Our live stream attendee, Rich, always talks about a book he has on hand, so there are many great books out there. This probably may be
even a little bit better if you have the book than this. I know the options on
this website are limited, a little bit. But, you know, it’s actually
a really good free resource, and then, there’s many, many
exercises, as you can see. You can see, you know, that there are 20, and then, you can
obviously continue there, and then, you can also look at, play them in different keys, so you can play them. In the key of G, in the key of D, they have them written here, somewhere. I think when you click on the exercise, and then, you scroll
down, it’ll say, yeah, different keys, so I could
get it in like the key of D flat. Should be a little bit hard, but hey, it might be really good
practice, so practice these, and practice them often,
learn maybe one at a time, one a week, for as many weeks as it takes, so if there’s 40 of
them, I think there’s 30, but there might be more
than that, actualLy, but, so if there’s 40 of
them, it’ll take you 40 weeks to play through all of them. And then, again, you only
want to move on, really, to the next one, and once
you feel comfortable, playing the one before,
so if it takes you longer than a week, don’t fret over that, but make some kind of goal,
whether to learn one a week, one every two weeks, and
then, every once in a while, if you go outside of
the goal a little bit, so long as you come back,
you will be in really, really good shape. So, if you go to
pianoexercises.org/exercises/czerny Czerny, by the way, C-Z-E-R-N-Y. He has a ton, a ton, a ton
on this website, actually. This actually isn’t his website, but, he wrote all these exercises. This is a wonderful selection
of exercises, particularly, it’s either the first selection
or the second selection is what I really
recommend for this lesson. Again, you want to look through these, and find something that’s
appropriate to your playing level. This is it. Okay, you see these now. Be careful that these
are both in treble clef, so you need to be used
to playing, doing that. Whoops. And they’re just like little
tunes, little exercises, to develop your two-handed coordination. They have very simple rhythms
between either of the hands, so that makes it a little bit easier. Now, that doesn’t mean
they’ll be absolutely easy. It might take you quite
a few play-throughs to get these right, and
you want to, of course, what is the tip of the day, by the way? Play slowly, right? (playing piano) And use the fingering they give you. They’re nice enough to give
you most of the fingering. Of course, it’s always
hard to play and talk at the same time, but go through these. You know, you want to do
maybe one a day, again. Or maybe one a week, depending
on how quickly you learn, and, besides the fact that they’re both in double treble clef,
which you’ll get used to, they are very, very handy exercises, for developing, you know,
your interdependence between both hands, if
you are more interested, if you have the scale thing down, where you can play both hands in parallel, same notes at the same time,
is what I mean by that, and you’re looking for
more of a challenge, but not overwhelming. Like, you may try Fur
Elise, or you may try a lot of other, you know,
classical piano music, and you find it’s too difficult
to play hands together, or maybe even a lot of
songs are too difficult, you know, work your way up. Go through the things
I talked about today. You want to go through your scales, you want to do the little
exercise I gave you for those. That will take you quite some time. You want to add a Hanon
into your exercise routine, which we’ve talked about quite often, and Czerny, so through this website, pianoexercises.org/exercises/czerny That’s really it for the
two-handed playing today. If you have anything you’d
like to add, you know, whether you’re watching
the recording of this, or you’re attending
tonight, just let me know, and I could very well make
a follow-up to this lesson, of course. If you’re ever interested in
learning more about the piano than ever before, over on my website, pianolessonsontheweb.com I have a ton of courses
over there for you, and I actually have coming soon, not exactly right now, ’cause
I’m still planning it out, there’s actually gonna be
an exclusive live stream for Academy students,
and it might even be more than once a week, but I’m
gonna start with once a week, you know, integrate that
into my schedule pretty well, and this will really
give an additional chance for you to communicate with me. On the website, we’re
gonna talk about even more advanced topics, even a lot of tips. We won’t on the Youtube
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