Friday, 8 May 2015

An exercise to get you playing piano with one hand louder than the other

This post is about developing the skill of both hands playing at the same time with a different volume level in each hand.

Most piano music only shows one dynamic marking in the space between the treble and bass clef, suggesting it applies to both left hand and right, however it is rare that both hands should be played with exactly the same volume for an entire piece.  Bringing out the most interesting part of the piece and playing the other part/s softer is called achieving balance between the hands.   This is a necessary skill if you want to create an interesting, musical and enjoyable performance for your audience.