The Most Effective Way to Make Your Fingers Play EvenlyPrint
There must be many ways you have heard
of in this world to improve your piano technique. Among the many
ways I know of, there is only one which is closely connected to the
physiology of playing the piano. It is the best way and most
effective way to make your fingers work efficiently.
You could ask me how I can be so sure about this. It is because I have been doing many piano technique workshops, and I have a piano technique blog with thousands of members and hundreds of positive testimonials. Even without all of that I can still convince you because my own technique has dramatically improved during the last fourteen years since I first established Tersun Piano Technique.
When you are trying to develop your
piano technique and if you don't know which of your fingers is weak
or slow to respond, you cannot make your playing any better. No
matter how many hours you practice without knowing this, those
fingers will remain slow, unresponsive, and hard to control.
For example, the thumb causes the most tension. The second finger is lazy, the third finger is weak and slow, believe it or not. The fourth finger is obviously weak and it is not easy to develop its strength. The fifth finger is weak and can also develop tension. So to train all of your five fingers to play evenly, you have to acknowledge the characteristics of each individual finger.
Here is what you need to think about
before trying out what I am going to suggest. Even though you
understand the different characteristics of the five fingers, you
still need to watch them closely to see how they are working and if
they are playing evenly. When playing music we go from one note to
the next, so it is very useful to start with two notes at a time.
Start with the thumb and second finger. You may feel your thumb has
tension and the second finger is slower than you thought.
If you practice two-finger exercises with simple, repeated patterns, you can truly concentrate on what your fingers are doing. This is the only way for you to discover what you have been doing wrong. So let's get to the point now. I will show you the best way to fix your old bad habits.
You should begin with two-note patterns with the ten fingering combinations. Two fingers at a time is like walking with the whole body weight shifting left, right, left, right. Now you can imagine your two fingers are walking on the keys just like you walk with your two legs. When you are walking you can easily feel the two legs are evenly balanced, step by step. Playing the piano with two fingers should also be balanced. Then it is like shifting the whole weight of the arm into the fingers left to right, and at that time you can easily feel which fingers did not go to the bottom of the key bed or did not release quickly enough.
Here are the ten fingering combinations where you can imagine two fingers are walking. This is the most effective way to control your fingers to play evenly.
In this example the two fingers play CDCD, hands together two octaves apart. These exercises are to be found at the beginning of Chapter 1 of Intermediate Level Finger Exercises, Vol. I.
R. H. 1212, 2323, 3434, 4545, 1313, 2424, 3535, 1414, 2525, 1515
L. H. 2121, 3232, 4343, 5454, 3131, 4242, 5353, 4141, 5252, 5151
When you are practicing these
two-finger patterns you will clearly find out which of your fingers
is heavy and slow to move. It will give you a sense of motivation to
fix your old problems.
As soon as you make your fingers walk on the keyboard, you will discover a new world. Your talent will come out and you will see how much potential is inside of you waiting for this moment. Then you cannot stop practicing these exercises because you know you are making a bigger improvement than you ever had before every time you practice. If you have passion to improve your piano playing this is the best path for you.