Exercises for Building Technique and Performance Skills
- HAND CO-ORDINATION AND TIMING – Play the following exercise with a metronome. Start with a slow tempo and then as you improve your technique gradually speed up the tempo.
- Play one hand at a time until you can play exactly with the metronome. Then try putting both hands together.
- DYNAMICS – You can also improve on your dynamics (ability to play loud and soft) Try playing with both hand with a metronome as softly as you can then as loud as you can. Go back and forth between the two. You can also try different dynamics such as a crescendo or decrescendo (gradually louder and gradually softer).
C Position Warmup
*USE THE FOLLOWING SITES OR GOOGLE PIANO EXERCISES AND INVESTIGATE SOME NEW WARM-UP EXERCISES TO BUILD YOUR TECHNIQUE.
Arpeggios – stretch your fingers! – link this exercise to your Major scale for the week!
*Arpeggios are unique piano exercises designed to stretch your fingers and strengthen your wrist. An arpeggio can be described as a ‘broken chord’ or a chord played one note at a time. When playing arpeggios, you play the root, third, fifth and octave of a major scale.
CHOIRS often sing arpeggios as a warmup. Think DO – ME – SO – DO – SO – ME – DO. That is an arpeggio.
Arpeggios will help a lot with short and long leaps on the piano. This is because you are skipping 1 or 2 notes in the process.
When practicing arpeggios, try not to start out too fast, but play them at a moderate pace and then go faster as you become more comfortable at a specific speed. This you will do with both hands at different times in descending and ascending order.
Below is an illustration showing how arpeggios are played on the piano in the key of C major. The C major arpeggio includes the letters C, E, G and C (octave).
Complete Hanon Online – 240 exercises– with listening examples
ALL 15 MAJOR SCALES – for right and left hands with correct fingerings