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 […]