Achieving Hand Independence – More Patterns (Part 4/4)

In the previous posts, I laid a foundation for practicing hand independence.  The exercises I gave were fairly basic, though they’re crucial to understanding the learning process.  Each new, consecutive pattern is derived in some way from a previous pattern, but made slightly more difficult. This way, I’m always maintaining an optimal level of difficulty. […]

Achieving Hand Independence – Increasing Complexity (Part 3/4)

In the previous post, I laid a foundation for practicing hand independence.  The exercises I gave were fairly basic, though they’re crucial to understanding the learning process.  Each new, consecutive pattern is derived in some way from a previous pattern, but made slightly more difficult. This way, I’m always maintaining an optimal level of difficulty. […]

Achieving Hand Independence – The Foundation (Part 2/4)

In the previous post, I gave some general advice about practicing and achieving hand independence.  In this post, I’ll give more specific advice and exercises. Practicing hand independence begins with a rhythm, pattern, idea or concept – something you want to work on.  It could be stride piano, a walking bass line, bossa nova, the […]

Achieving Hand Independence – General Advice (Part 1/4)

Achieving hand independence is one of a pianist’s top priorities; it’s a common pursuit among students. It’s also one of the easiest to attain; hand independence only requires two things: Structured exercises and practice. Students have difficulty improving hand independence because they 1) don’t know how to craft the proper exercises, 2) aren’t disciplined enough […]

More on Balanced Practice

I’ve recently written about achieving balance in practice. To recap, we should always be observing our physical and mental thresholds to prevent injury and burnout.  Also, to avoid hitting a wall in our development, we should consider a more holistic approach to practicing. I’ve since read Dr. K. Anders Ericsson’s 1993 publication The Role of […]