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Topic: Left hand piano for beginners  (Read 1930 times)

Offline karmann

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Left hand piano for beginners
on: September 12, 2003, 05:30:57 AM
I have played the piano for years but want to learn to read sheet music.  My problem is my right hand was amputated many years ago so I play left handed.  I still have two usable fingers on my right hand but I doubt I would be able to incorporate their use until I have learned some basics.  Where would be a good place to start?

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Re: Left hand piano for beginners
Reply #1 on: September 12, 2003, 07:33:31 PM
I must first say that i am terebly sory.
You situation is rather unic in the sence that you are unale to learn the standard fingering and scales that other people would.
I'm not hugely profesional or anything. In fact i' only been playing for three years although I hade a piano or keyboard in the home for a long time and would always just play around and improvise  (not knowing anything). And what I found was that when one day when I finally did start learning was that i progressed quite fast and shortly caute up with five year standard students.
All there are conventinal methods and sujested techniques every one adaps things to certan extent to there individual style of playing.
I'm afraid as far as pieces are concerned I don't really know but potentally I cauld play all parts eaqually well in both hands, so it's just down to practis and finding ways around stuff and dooing it backwards  and all that.
I have heard of single handed pianists in the past and I expect they have writen specific music for such a case.
Also I think you might enjoy playing and improvising jazz. (you sed that had 2fingers in your right hand is that right?) Well you cauld take the jazz style and play a basse line or progresing chords that repeat in your left hand, Whilst playing a simple, single note melody in your right. I know a bit about jazz theory and modes if your intrested although if you really want to find out about it I would recomend the "Mark Levine Jazz Piano Book" which is excelent and I have been studying.
Well just enjouy it and I hope some of this has been usefull to you.
Sharma Yelverton

Offline eddie92099

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Re: Left hand piano for beginners
Reply #2 on: September 12, 2003, 09:55:57 PM
Yes, there was a small amount of music written for Paul Wittgenstein (brother of the philosopher) who was a concert pianist and lost his right arm in the war, including left hand concerti by Ravel, Prokofiev and Britten. There are also numerous pieces by composers such as Brahms, Sibelius and Scriabin written solely for the left hand,

Offline ahmedito

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Re: Left hand piano for beginners
Reply #3 on: September 13, 2003, 05:53:16 PM
Find the music for magre tout, by Manuel M Ponce (MExican turn of the century composer) for the left hand.
Its good for begginners and beautiful...
The stuff writeen for Witgenstein is very hard....
also there are left hand versions of some music by CPE bach and other baroque composers...
For a good laugh, check out my posts in the audition room, and tell me exactly how terrible they are :)
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