Piano Exercises For Beginners (Speed, Dexterity, Hand Independence, Control)

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These 4 exercises are fantastic for anyone wanting to improve their speed, dexterity, hand independence, and control.

These are geared towards beginners, but they can be used by any level as a great way to ‘wake up’ the fingers and develop muscle memory.

Here are the four exercises and their timecodes:

1. The Five Finger Sale – 0:20

This exercise uses the five finger scale to work on control and hand independence. Start slow, and make sure that you are always in control of the notes you are playing.

To make it more difficult, you can try playing one hand smoothly (legato) and the other hand sharply (staccato). To make it even MORE difficult try it with each hand playing a different length note.

2. The Contrary Motion Scale – 3:10

This scale sounds fancy, but it’s not as hard as it sounds. Start with both thumbs on Middle C. Then play the C scale UP with your right hand and DOWN with your left.

When you’re comfortable, start experimenting with dynamics, to control the volume.

3. The Solid Claw – 4:55

This is called the claw because we make a claw shape with our hand, and use our 1, 3 and 5 fingers to play a chord. Once you can play a chord, work your way up the keyboard to play a chord on each note, and come back down again.

If this is too difficult, you can take out the middle finger for now, and just use the top and bottom notes.

4. The Broken Claw – 6:19

This is very similar to the Solid Claw, except instead of playing the notes as chords, we are going to play each one separately. This exercise can be very challenging, so make sure you take it slow.

These lessons vary in difficulty, so if you can’t do them all, that’s ok! Work on what you can do, and practice to get better. If you can do them all, that’s great! Work to get them faster, and check out some of our more advanced exercises on our channel.

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