Piano Lessons For Beginners – Curve Your Hands To Play Well (Part 1)

In 1271, an Italian businessman from the city of Venice by the name of Niccolo Polo took his son Marco with him on a business trip to China when the boy was 17 years old.

This little adventure would take Marco to the imperial court of the Mongolian Empire where he would become a trusted advisor to Kublai Khan, sail all the way down across the equator into the southern hemisphere at a time when people thought it was impossible and opened the minds of Europeans to a world beyond their imagination.

My adventure into what was then to me, the unknown world of piano music has exposed me to a smorgassboard of cultural delights.

Signing up for piano lessons for beginners, has taken me to the Penang Jazz Festival, made me stumble upon a wonderful Korean movie titled ‘My Sassy Girl’ in which the leading lady marvelously performed Pacheibel’s Canon in D on the piano and introduced me to Bruno Martinez a Cuban salsa pianist - all these without having to leave the small island I am living in. The piano is a magical instrument.

Having said that, to be able to do magical stuff you will still need to put in some work. Even Harry Potter has to go to school at Hogwarts to learn magic.

There are several ingredients when blended together turn into a well played piano song. As your chef for today I am going to reveal them to you, so that the next time you sit on the piano bench, the music you make will melt the hearts of your audience.

Piano Lessons For Beginners – Coax her voice out with your touch

I am sure you have seen a pianist performing on stage, either in a live concert or on television. Notice how she moves her body when playing, the expression on her face and the motions of her arms? They seem to match the music she is creating, do they not…?

What she is doing is not an act or showmanship. To coax out a smooth and flowing singing voice out of the piano requires an appropriate touch from the pianist.

Touch that is influenced by the muscular strains in your fingers, hands, arms and the rest your body. If you move your body to the right the tone created from the piano is not the same as when you move slightly towards it. This explains why a pianist dances to the music she is creating with the piano.

Imagine ‘she’ is you.

You have your fingers on the keyboards. As you begin to play feel what the key needs from you to produce a sound that is exactly as the score demands. Listen to how each notes sails out from the belly of the piano when you hit a key.

Even a new student just starting piano lessons for beginners will have little to worry about this because the piano does not lie, the music will tell you how much more touch it needs from you. Continue reading part 2 of 'Piano Lessons For Beginners – Curve Your Hands To Play Well'.

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