Piano Lessons For Beginners – Curve Your Hands To Play Well (Part 4)

Curved hands not only affect the quality of the sound you make, it also eases the way for you to play between black keys. Especially when playing triple chords in succession.

For example C-E-G followed by C#-E-F#. To play the triple chords continuosly in legato you shall have to push your hands from the end tips of the keys to the middle or higher in order for the fifth finger to be able to strike the F#.

The middle finger playing the E has to wiggle its way to sneak past the black key (E flat) without accidentally hitting it. You can only do so with curved hands.

Triple chords are tough to play. More so for a novice in the early stages of piano lessons for beginners, whose fingers have not developed the enough power to strike 3 keys at the same time firmly.

Instead of hitting them together in harmony I used to make atrocious sounds in my attempts to play triple chords because my fingers could not land together on the keys at the same time.

The solution was to curve my hands and fingers with the knuckles arched. The tips of the fingers are then pointed downwards aimed at the keys for accurate strikes.

Playing a single note does not demand much energy, so using the strength from the fingers and hands is adequate. Hitting triple chords with firmness requires some extra power.

Use your shoulders and body to generate the momentum needed to harness enough power so that when the hands finally reach the triple chords the fingers are carrying plentiful energy to draw out full and clear harmonious music from them.

A plane trying to lift off the ground needs enough length in air strip so that it can gain the momentum needed to fly. The concept applies when playing the piano as well, to generate the momentum needed to strike triple chords with convincing power we have to sit at the piano from a suitable distance.

If you sit too far the forearms have to stretch to reach the keys causing them to loose some of the muscle power that the shoulders provide. If you sit too close they lose their manoeuvrability.

Adjust the piano bench so that when you are sitting at the piano, your elbows are slightly below the position of your hands.

Piano Lessons For Beginners - Apply suitable fingering combination

Another challenge I had to surmount when playing chords was to figure out which combination of fingers to use. Some piano scores have them written in as suggestions and they usually suit me fine. When I have my piano teacher around she will just tell me which fingers to use.

But at home, away from the music school with a piano score of a song I have been craving to play for so long - not a gigantic piece by Mozart, Beethoven or Bach, but the song ‘Baby, Baby’ by Justin Bieber - I cannot bring myself to ask my piano teacher to teach me the song, I will have to learn it on my own.

If there are chords in the song without playing suggestions indicated in the score, you can tinker with a few fingering possiblities and get a feeling on how they suit you. Find a combination that best fit your hand and stay with it. There you have it, a bunch of suggestions related to piano lessons for beginners to help you improve your piano playing.

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