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Topic: Methods to improve hands and fingers  (Read 2509 times)

Offline drooxy

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Methods to improve hands and fingers
on: September 03, 2003, 12:47:46 PM
Hi everyone !

Yes, this is my second - and my last - message for today !!

Could someone suggest a method to improve my hands (and more especially my left one) and fingers agility, accuracy and speed ?

Thank you !
Drooxy

Offline Davek

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Re: Methods to improve hands and fingers
Reply #1 on: September 03, 2003, 04:30:39 PM
hanon, czery the art of finger dexterity

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Re: Methods to improve hands and fingers
Reply #2 on: October 28, 2003, 03:59:55 AM
try Oscar beringer Daily Technical Studies
practice doesnt make perfection. Only perfect practice makes perfection.
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Offline eddie92099

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Re: Methods to improve hands and fingers
Reply #3 on: October 28, 2003, 02:26:08 PM
Chopin-Godowsky Etudes,
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Offline Hmoll

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Re: Methods to improve hands and fingers
Reply #4 on: October 28, 2003, 06:18:03 PM
How long have you been playing, what level are you currently at, and what pieces are you working on? Also, you want to improve agility, accuracy and speed in your left hand regarding what? (octaves, scales, trills, etc? - or all of the above?)

It makes no sense to say you should play Chopin-Godowsky, Czerny, Hanon, or anything else if we don't know what else you've played - or even, if you have already been beating yourself over the head with the above. For example, you may not yet be advanced enough to play Chopin-Godowski etudes, you could do more harm (through injury) than good by working on them.  

There are a variety of  things to consider:

1) Most importantly, what has your teacher suggested. He/she knows your playing - strengths and weaknesses - better than we do.

2) It's not so much what you play as how you play it. A suggestion to play Hanon or Czerny is useless on its own. The way you should practise is hands sepatate, in rhythms, relaxed elbow and wrist, making sure you use your torso, shoulder, upper arm, forearm, wrist and fingers in a coordinated fashion. Also, observe your right hand, arm, etc, assuming they are more agile, fast, and accurate than your left. What makes your right hand "better" than your left? Have your right hand teach your left hand.

3) Scales and arpeggios are also useful for developing the left hand, if you apply #2 above. When you become more advanced, you should think about developing technique with the pieces you play. Isolated technical problems can be addressed with specific etudes or exercises.
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Offline xenon

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Re: Methods to improve hands and fingers
Reply #5 on: October 29, 2003, 01:17:59 AM
The general technical requirements of an RCM Examination are good exercises to improve your technique.  It is composed of:

Scales: Major, minor harmonic, minor melodic
Formula pattern: Major, minor harmonic
Chromatic Scales
Octave Scales: Major, minor harmonic, minor melodic, chromatic
4-note chords: solid and broken, major and minor
Dominant 7th chords: Solid and Broken
Diminished 7th chords: Solid and Broken
Alternate patterns: Major, minor, dom. 7th, dim. 7th
Arpeggios: major, monir, dom. 7th, dim. 7th, in all inversions

I think that's all.  Just take all in a certain key and its relative minor.  This is just a suggestion from a past experience that has helped me.  Also other technical exercises are a great help.  As Hmoll said, apply them towards your music.

Good luck! :)


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Offline PianoProfBonsWay

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Re: Methods to improve hands and fingers
Reply #6 on: November 01, 2003, 10:17:17 AM
To improve you L.H.'s ability to match your performance of your R.H., one has to do equal performance in exercises ~ until.  My European system is the best! Like Chopin and the master's of technique learned and taught.  Musicianship Training in 27 basic patterns  and especially my Black Key Technique of Ten Chapters.
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