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50 years playing/composing/recording jazzy stuff (and 40 as a concert tuner, now retired), BUT!!!

Self taught, never really read music, and zero discipline as far as "being a pianist" goes.

I want to work on my left hand ONLY, and let my right hand rest in my lap.

As is, my left hand is a weak parasite dependent on whatever my right is doing.

Scales, exercises, kids songs - whatever works to make the left hand independent and STRONG.

THROW IT AT ME!

(my knowledge of music theory is 1000 times stronger than my sight reading ability; my last "teacher" was Alan Pasqua, 2 hour lesson)

I promise to practice, and eventually post videos.

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I can tell you what worked for me.

Bach inventions - they start simple enough that you can learn yourself but with a teacher I did two in depth.



Scarlatti sonata - I am learning more of these again but helpful to develop speed in left



You can find really good patterns. Check out the triplet left hand near the end of this one. I can play it slowly but you should find something good here.



if you are more advanced, you can get complex etude and take passage from this. I do this for revolutionary etude by teacher says it's good for left.



I think though it's better to take patterns from pieces you can learn to play so I gave up with the above one. I think more pieces and options from baroque. After this music is more right hand dominant. You can find left hand etudes but I can't play the few I know.


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Boogie-woogie, baby. You'll have a left-hand like God ...



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Originally Posted by An Old Square
Scales, exercises, kids songs - whatever works to make the left hand independent and STRONG.

THROW IT AT ME!
Try this - your LH will soon be as strong and agile as an elephant's trunk:



"I don't play accurately - anyone can play accurately - but I play with wonderful expression. As far as the piano is concerned, sentiment is my forte. I keep science for Life."
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Looks like that video isn't working - here is another of the same piece:



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The other day I read about Géza Zichy, one-armed pianist and composer. He lost his right arm in a hunting accident. Might his works be of some interest?

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hmmm....I think if it's hand independence that you want to focus on, your right hand can't sit on your lap. It kind of defeats the purpose.
When I want to work on hand independence, there is always Bach. I don't play his music very well at all, but it's like eating your vegtables smile

But...my rule of thumb has always been if you find a piece ( or just a section of a piece) challenging for hand independence, then there is value in learning it. Every time you overcome, you gain. It doesn't really matter what genre it is ( although no doubt baroque is particularly good ).

At the moment I'm trying Linus & Lucy and sections of that are challenging me for sure...and if you want to bend your mind I'll send you a link for the score of Mike Oldfield's Tubular Bells. 7/8 in the RH and 3/4 in the LH for many sections arrghhh!!!

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When I restarted piano, I had a LH issue.—- oh, it was independent but just lazy. I grabbed music from imslp.org written for the LH alone. They are not easy. It didn’t take long for my left hand to decide that playing nice with the RH was infinitely more fun than playing alone. Check out Godowsky Waltz Poems for the LH


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A BIG BIG THANKS TO ALL SO FAR!!!

Next step is getting my daily practice instrument in tune. It's just a crappy sad old Wurlitzer console from the 50s. Due to the weird specifics of my house, that's the biggest piano that can fit somewhere permanently. But it's good enough for this, and accessible 24/7.

Any videos I post will be be severely underwhelming on all levels, and the first ones will be like a mediocre 6 year old beginner, lol.

Decided to start with good ol' J.S.B., IMPOSSIBLE TO GO WRONG WITH HIM!

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http://lefthandpianomusic.org

Speaking about exercises and etudes - there are plenty of them, depends on your individual technical demands.

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Originally Posted by Iaroslav Vasiliev
http://lefthandpianomusic.org

Speaking about exercises and etudes - there are plenty of them, depends on your individual technical demands.

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Bach/Brahms Chaconne is a good one. I go through this every so often, but I cheat and use my right hand for some of the higher notes.


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