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Post by klixonnylle Sat May 02, 2009 11:34 am

hey guys im a complete beginner.. i cant play my both hands if it has different rhythm.. its hard for me.. what practices or drills should i do to improve it?? i need your tips guys..
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Post by Thomandy Sat May 02, 2009 12:14 pm

Hi Smile

Keyword: SLOW Smile

Dont think you will be able to just play things with different rhytme right away! You have to slow it down sooo much that you can play it, even if it takes you 1min to play something that should last 5 sec!

When I had learned the 1min of Maple Leaf Rag, I used 5min to to get through it in the beginning Smile And I was strict, no need to do it faster if faster means mistakes!! Then try to be secure in the speed you got! Make it smooth, instead of faster where you know it good and slower where you dont know it good. Slow everything down, and do it smooth Smile

Then before you know it, the speed is easier to get right. You can never go faster unless you are really secure! Smile
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Post by MysteriousGgirl Sat May 02, 2009 3:00 pm

Thanks for the information.
But, i didnt understand what do u mean by (try to be secure) ?!
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Post by Thomandy Sat May 02, 2009 4:23 pm

Secure = No hesitation at all

Sorry, might be VERY bad English to use that word?! Smile
But what I mean, its that you shouldnt hesitate at all, and dont make any mistakes before you try to speed up! Smile
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Post by MysteriousGgirl Sat May 02, 2009 8:19 pm

No problem i just didnt understand it.

thats my problem, specially, when someone stands beside me i lose my concentrate and i hesitate.

if u have any advice plz tell me.coz the next thursday my school has a party and they want me to play.i agreed but im very very scared to hesitate or forget what im playing because of the crowd.

THANK YOU.
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Post by Thomandy Sat May 02, 2009 9:51 pm

MysteriousGgirl wrote:...if u have any advice plz tell me.coz the next thursday my school has a party and they want me to play.i agreed but im very very scared to hesitate or forget what im playing because of the crowd.

Sorry, but I cant really help, cause Im just like that as well!!! I have never played in front of a crowd, ever..
But you at least have to know the piece In and Out - Just practice it over and over. If you really know the piece, the chances are higher for success Smile
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Post by klixonnylle Sun May 03, 2009 7:13 am

Ahhh ok.. So i need to practice slowly.. Thanks alot Thomandy!! Ill try to better.. thanks again..
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Post by MysteriousGgirl Sun May 03, 2009 4:24 pm

THANKS ALOT for helping us sunny
take care Smile
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Post by Admin Andrew Sun May 03, 2009 5:26 pm

I guess I got here to late to help Smile thanks thomas!! Smile

PS that kitty on the piano is SOOO cute (I just had to say that)

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Post by wongb18c Sat May 23, 2009 2:44 am

Omg, have the same problem. My brain and it's motor neuron connections are so weak, I can't coordinate both hands either... when I try to play with both hands I screw up totally. Even if it's simple as hitting a base chord and playing a c major scale, I can't do it at the same time with both hands.

I think learning piano is hopeless for me.

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Post by MysteriousGgirl Sat May 23, 2009 9:56 am

Don't give upppp.. Mad Evil or Very Mad ,plz Smile Wink
Everything is hard in the beginning..but then with practicing and slowly slowly with patience u will see a big different..and follow Thomandy's advice..
Also, any help everybody here is ready to help.. Cool
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Post by klixonnylle Sat May 23, 2009 10:14 am

yeah don't give up.. i have the same problem as you and practice hard you can do it.. you can't play with both hands at first.. you should practice SLOWLY to do that.
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Post by wongb18c Sat May 23, 2009 10:08 pm

Yea, I guess I shouldn't give up yet, I only been playing for a little over a week.

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Post by lomtevas Sun May 24, 2009 1:55 am

To synchronize my hands when I first started playing, I used to play a two-handed C Major scale the width of the keyboard going up and down. After several such practice sessions, I was ready for two-handed playing.

As far as individual pieces, I always practice each hand until memorization sets in, and then I join up the hands.
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Post by surehit123 Sun May 24, 2009 3:21 am

Here's a little piece of advice from someone that's been there, just before I graduated High School last March YAY!!!!! We had to do a school play, the good thing is that I was instructed to create a CD of To Zanarkand since the song fitted the mood, bad thing is during the time of the performance, the cd wouldn't play (awts).

Well they know about my Youtube page, so yeah I knew it was coming.
They asked me to play the song and just improvise on the spot (uhh Ohh) well I had no choice, it was a contest. The secret is this just before performing, talk to your friends about a completely different topic and laugh, that will loosen you up a bit. try to move a lot to let the blood flow otherwise, you'll end up being blue ROFL.

Performance time!

Place your hands on the keys and notice if they are shaking, if hey are close your eyes for a few seconds and try to minimize the noise with your head (Its not easy believe me). Then open your eyes and just freely move the normal way when you play, trust me its going to be fine.

Oh dont forget inhale and exhale a large amount of air to get the blood flowing and have the adrenaline pumping. Very Happy

Ohh and we came first and I was awarded for creating the entire lines for the play, plus playing of course ROFL
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Post by surehit123 Sun May 24, 2009 3:39 am

Omg, have the same problem. My brain and it's motor neuron connections are so weak, I can't coordinate both hands either... when I try to play with both hands I screw up totally. Even if it's simple as hitting a base chord and playing a c major scale, I can't do it at the same time with both hands.

I think learning piano is hopeless for me .YEA, I guess I shouldn't give up yet, I only been playing for a little over a week.

Only a week and you're already thinking on giving up!?
The answer coming from me would be absolutely :NO! this is unacceptable, during my first week, my fingers were still sore and pretty much wounded from playing too much, and I still couldn't play with both hands without ever hesitating!

I got through that! spending almost 4-5 hours a day practicing made me a lot better, and it took me a whole month just to get fluent with one song! I'm sorry for the use of the ! mark but this is just too mediocre for me! i hate people trying to give up only after doing something for a little while!

Listen to me. Playing with both hands is just the beginning, don't give up during the first few steps! and trust you haven't been to the hard part yet. Playing piano takes years to perfect and master, not to mention it takes a lot of time to play a song that really contents other people.

So, in other words. Giving up is RUBBISH AND POPPYCOCK! Mad
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Post by klixonnylle Sun May 24, 2009 9:19 am

surehit123 wrote:Here's a little piece of advice from someone that's been there, just before I graduated High School last March YAY!!!!! We had to do a school play, the good thing is that I was instructed to create a CD of To Zanarkand since the song fitted the mood, bad thing is during the time of the performance, the cd wouldn't play (awts).

Well they know about my Youtube page, so yeah I knew it was coming.
They asked me to play the song and just improvise on the spot (uhh Ohh) well I had no choice, it was a contest. The secret is this just before performing, talk to your friends about a completely different topic and laugh, that will loosen you up a bit. try to move a lot to let the blood flow otherwise, you'll end up being blue ROFL.

Performance time!

Place your hands on the keys and notice if they are shaking, if hey are close your eyes for a few seconds and try to minimize the noise with your head (Its not easy believe me). Then open your eyes and just freely move the normal way when you play, trust me its going to be fine.

Oh dont forget inhale and exhale a large amount of air to get the blood flowing and have the adrenaline pumping. Very Happy

Ohh and we came first and I was awarded for creating the entire lines for the play, plus playing of course ROFL


hahaha.. you are right Surehit.. i remember my worst exam in music.. we had to play a very simple piece, i practice it alot and when the the examination day come and its my turn.. it was a nightmare.. i saw my classmates looking at me.. i was very nervous and when i put my hands on the piano it starts shaking violently then i cant play even a single note my fingers wont move.. now when i remember that day it really make me crazy.. hahaha..



and again dont give up.. PRACTICE alot!! practice makes perfect right?
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Post by MysteriousGgirl Sun May 24, 2009 3:45 pm

klixonnylle wrote:
surehit123 wrote:Here's a little piece of advice from someone that's been there, just before I graduated High School last March YAY!!!!! We had to do a school play, the good thing is that I was instructed to create a CD of To Zanarkand since the song fitted the mood, bad thing is during the time of the performance, the cd wouldn't play (awts).

Well they know about my Youtube page, so yeah I knew it was coming.
They asked me to play the song and just improvise on the spot (uhh Ohh) well I had no choice, it was a contest. The secret is this just before performing, talk to your friends about a completely different topic and laugh, that will loosen you up a bit. try to move a lot to let the blood flow otherwise, you'll end up being blue ROFL.

Performance time!

Place your hands on the keys and notice if they are shaking, if hey are close your eyes for a few seconds and try to minimize the noise with your head (Its not easy believe me). Then open your eyes and just freely move the normal way when you play, trust me its going to be fine.

Oh dont forget inhale and exhale a large amount of air to get the blood flowing and have the adrenaline pumping. Very Happy

Ohh and we came first and I was awarded for creating the entire lines for the play, plus playing of course ROFL


hahaha.. you are right Surehit.. i remember my worst exam in music.. we had to play a very simple piece, i practice it alot and when the the examination day come and its my turn.. it was a nightmare.. i saw my classmates looking at me.. i was very nervous and when i put my hands on the piano it starts shaking violently then i cant play even a single note my fingers wont move.. now when i remember that day it really make me crazy.. hahaha..



and again dont give up.. PRACTICE alot!! practice makes perfect right?


I wonder why we hesitate always ?!
this happens to me everytime I play in front somebody !! Shocked
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Post by surehit123 Sun May 24, 2009 3:57 pm

This is because we are not used be being stared at i guess. Very Happy
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Post by wongb18c Mon May 25, 2009 12:45 am

I'm still having trouble coordinating two hands simultaneously, but I do see some improvement after hours of playing yesterday. I watched Andrew's video on Fur Elise and decided to try, I can play the easy part slowly now, and last week it was impossible for me!

Of course my timing and rhythum is still messed up but I'm happy, it's my first song on the piano, it felt kind of good inside, even though it was the easy section... the hard part is another story. I need to work on my sheet music reading, I'm soooooooooooooooo slow.

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Post by surehit123 Mon May 25, 2009 2:16 am

Its OK, just keep on practicing and you'll eventually get better. Very Happy
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Post by klixonnylle Mon May 25, 2009 9:34 am

wongb18c wrote:I'm still having trouble coordinating two hands simultaneously, but I do see some improvement after hours of playing yesterday. I watched Andrew's video on Fur Elise and decided to try, I can play the easy part slowly now, and last week it was impossible for me!

Of course my timing and rhythum is still messed up but I'm happy, it's my first song on the piano, it felt kind of good inside, even though it was the easy section... the hard part is another story. I need to work on my sheet music reading, I'm soooooooooooooooo slow.

it means you are improving.. in your sheet reading you will be faster as time goes by, its like you are learning alphabet the more you use it the more you can remember it..
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Post by surehit123 Mon May 25, 2009 9:38 am

Good point Very Happy
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Post by klixonnylle Mon May 25, 2009 9:41 am

thanks.. by the way im also very slow reading music sheet.. hahha
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Post by surehit123 Mon May 25, 2009 10:17 am

So am I ROFL Very Happy have to do the words (All Cows Eat Grass) jaha
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