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#1 mmonsky

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Posted 08 October 2013 - 03:19 PM

I'm concerned with my progress.  I've reached Session 10 and I've reached a brick wall.  I can play the left hand and right hand of Amazing Grace, but I can't play them together.  I'm OK with "Louie, louie" with two hands, but the rhythm is the same for the hands.  With Amazing Grace, the rhythm in the hands is different.   Breaking it down, slowing it down isn't working.  Are there previous lessons I should focus on?  Should I trust I'll pick it up as I move through additional lessons?  If there are previous  forum discussions/topics which illustrate this point, please point them out.  I don't want to rehash an old topic.  Thanks for your help.  I'm enjoying the class even without the two handed playing, but as you can imagine that's where I want land.



#2 Mystery

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Posted 08 October 2013 - 08:31 PM

Hello "mmonsky,"

 

I'm concerned with my progress.  I've reached Session 10 and I've reached a brick wall.  I can play the left hand and right hand of Amazing Grace, but I can't play them together.  I'm OK with "Louie, louie" with two hands, but the rhythm is the same for the hands.  With Amazing Grace, the rhythm in the hands is different.   Breaking it down, slowing it down isn't working.  Are there previous lessons I should focus on?  Should I trust I'll pick it up as I move through additional lessons?  If there are previous  forum discussions/topics which illustrate this point, please point them out.  I don't want to rehash an old topic.  Thanks for your help.  I'm enjoying the class even without the two handed playing, but as you can imagine that's where I want land.

 

It is obvious that I am not Will, but here is a suggestion and some links that you may find to be useful.

 

In view of your stated difficulty, when breaking down and slowing down the piece (Amazing Grace, in Session 10 of the L&M Piano Course), select only a few notes (even less than a musical phrase) to practice playing the notation on both staffs using both hands, and try to play those notes with correct timing beginning at a very slow tempo.  When you can play those few notes correctly, with proper timing at that tempo, add the next few notes and repeat that process.  Once you've done that for the entire piece, then start that process over again at a slightly faster tempo, a few notes (perhaps as much as a musical phrase now) at a time, making sure to keep proper timing at that new tempo.  Repeat that process over a period of a few days (perhaps a week or more, depending upon the amount of time you spend at each practice session --- not more than about a half-hour per session for this process) and you should discover that you can play the entire piece at the recommended tempo with proper timing and good hand coordination.

 

Here are links to earlier posts that contain information and, in most cases, notation that should be of interest to you.  Use the notation as practice material to aid in the development of your hand independence and dexterity, and to perhaps help improve your recognition and playing of various rhythms.

 

http://community.lea...ds/#entry246091
http://community.lea...ns/#entry230856
http://community.lea...ns/#entry243747
http://community.lea...ns/#entry136171

 

Make mellifluous music!

 

Mystery



#3 mmonsky

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Posted 09 October 2013 - 02:48 AM

Thanks for the suggestion, Mystery.  Especially the time limit (30 minutes).  Knowing I'll limit how much time I'll spend on a phrase might help me get focused.   






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