Piano Technique: Five Note Left-Right Independence Studies

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The deceptively easy-looking five note studies below are a great way to test and develop independence between your left and right sides…

… as well as a great study in dynamics and articulation.

It is critically-important to understand that these are not “exercises”. You cannot get the desired results by doing them wrong over and over and over again. You can only get the desired results by experimenting with different ways of using your body until something clicks.

These will seem very difficult, if not impossible at first, but don’t give up. You will master these if you persevere! I promise!

Technique Tips:

  1. To play legato, think connected. To play staccato, think disconnected.
  2. To play louder, think more weight. To play softer, think less weight.

Pattern #1. Both Hands Legato, Medium Loud

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Pattern #2. Both Hands Legato, Right Hand Loud, Left Hand Soft


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Pattern #3. Both Hands Legato, Right Hand Soft, Left Hand Loud


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Pattern #4. Both Hands Staccato, Medium Loud


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Pattern #5. Both Hands Staccato, Right Hand Loud, Left Hand Soft


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Pattern #6. Both Hands Staccato, Right Hand Soft, Left Hand Loud


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Pattern #7. Right Hand Staccato, Left Hand Legato, Both Medium Loud


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Pattern #8. Right Hand Staccato & Loud, Left Hand Legato & Soft


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Pattern #9. Right Hand Staccato & Soft, Left Hand Legato & Loud


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Pattern #10. Right Hand Legato, Left Hand Staccato, Both Medium Loud


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Pattern #11. Right Hand Legato & Loud, Left Hand Staccato & Soft

Pattern #12. Right Hand Legato & Soft, Left Hand Staccato & Loud

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