Join Free! | Login    
   Popular! Books, Stories, Articles, Poetry
Where Authors and Readers come together!


Featured Authors:  Marty Young, iTuchy (Carl) Palmieri, iBelle Ami, iPeggy Schmuldt, iRichard Hardie, iRoger Vizi, iDeanna Jewel, i

  Home > Music > Articles Popular: Books, Stories, Articles, Poetry     

Shirley S Kirsten

· + Follow Me
· Contact Me
· Success story
· Articles
· News
· Stories
· Blog
· Messages
· 653 Titles
· 48 Reviews
· Save to My Library
· Share with Friends!
Member Since: May, 2007

Shirley S Kirsten, click here to update your pages on AuthorsDen.

Featured Book
Memoirs of an American Housewife in Japan
by Pauline Hager

An American housewife's husband is offered a position in Japan to work on a multinational project. After much soul-searching they accept, and their lives are never the sa..  
BookAds by Silver
Gold and Platinum Members

Piano Technique: Boosting the Left Hand
by Shirley S Kirsten   
Rated "G" by the Author.
Last edited: Wednesday, October 05, 2011
Posted: Wednesday, October 05, 2011

  Print   Save    Follow    Share 

Recent articles by
Shirley S Kirsten

My Piano Assessment adventure at the Steinway Gallery
Early Musical Exposure and its importance
Does any one piano method or playing approach work?
Tiers of dynamics, well-regulated pianos, and expressive playing
Haydn on the Harpsichord or Piano? (Competition Interlude)
A Triumph for Pianist, George Li
My Visit to the Faust Harrison Factory for Steinway Rebuilds
           >> View all

Pointers on developing a more reliable and expressive left hand.


Piano Technique: Boosting the Left Hand (Video)

I’m always in awe of pianists whose left hand is equal to the right hand in dexterity, expression, power and reliability. It’s the switch hitter thing that’s mind-boggling as it also applies to sports. Creaming a ball and sending it into the bleachers from either side of the plate is no small wonder. Mickey Mantle was a double threat powerhouse during the celebrated Mantle/Maris home run duel. (I watched from a box seat in Yankee Stadium)

When I came into the world, like most other babies, I had a genetic predilection to use my right hand more than my left. And before I was enrolled in piano lessons, I’d spent gads of time tossing up a pink rubber ball with my weaker left hand as I punched it assertively with my right. The same applied to stick ball.

In primary school, I enlisted my more agile right hand to scribble the letters of my name, while kids who were left handed were considered oddities, stigmatized for their genetic leaning. The same prejudice seemed to cross over into the political universe of Right and Left.

When I finally embarked upon piano lessons at the age of six, eventually progressing to reading the bass clef, it was no surprise that I would single out the melody and tack on the left hand. More often than not, my first Diller-Quaille pieces were supported by florid harmonic accompaniments played by my teacher, Mrs. Vinagradov so this co-dependency perpetuated neglect of my left hand. Decades later, as I played catch-up forcing my left hand out of its lackadaisical role and into the spotlight, I kept a journal to keep myself out of a left hand compromised rut.

Here are some suggestions that I had jotted down:

1) In all technical exercises such as scales and arpeggios, etc. make sure to flesh out the left hand, and give it a central role. Think deeper into the keys, but play into the “marshmallow” or “jello,” whatever works, to nourish well-shaped, singable lines. (you can start by isolating the left hand before pairing it with the right)

2)Play legato as well as staccato in your left hand leaning routines. Vary the dynamic levels.

3)Use Rhythms such as the long/short, long/short (dotted 8th/16th figure) and its opposite, short/long, short/long (16th/dotted 8th)

4) Select repertoire with a meaty left hand, such as Chopin’s “Revolutionary” Etude, Op. 10 no. 12, or the composer’s Prelude no. 2 in G Major Op. 28, No. 3, and apply the deep in the keys, slow and steady approach.

Use the rhythms already described and slow the time frame so you can breathe deep breaths and savor the time spent with your left hand.



Want to review or comment on this article?
Click here to login!

Need a FREE Reader Membership?
Click here for your Membership!

Popular Music Articles
  1. Listen Old Timers
  2. Tiers of dynamics, well-regulated pianos,
  3. Early Musical Exposure and its importance
  4. When Big Hands and Fingers play unwanted n
  5. My Visit to the Faust Harrison Factory for
  6. Multi-cam views during Skype or Facetime p
  7. Taps: The Last Post
  8. My Birthday Present to me: A new piano rep
  9. The Music of Goya's Child - Online Info Si
  10. New Era Links...the New Audio Book Store!

Soundtrack of My Life: Volume 1 by Lena Kovadlo

A collection of lyrics that can turn into the soundtrack of your life... Now 50% OFF!..  
BookAds by Silver, Gold and Platinum Members

Melodies of the Heart by Lena Kovadlo

Get ready to embark on an emotional journey through love, heartbreak, loss and more... Now 50% OFF!..  
BookAds by Silver, Gold and Platinum Members

Authors alphabetically: A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

Featured Authors | New to AuthorsDen? | Add AuthorsDen to your Site
Share AD with your friends | Need Help? | About us

Problem with this page?   Report it to AuthorsDen
AuthorsDen, Inc. All rights reserved.