Having the proper finger positioning is essential for beginners, as it helps prevent injury and improve technique. Below, our piano teacher Robert shares some piano finger exercises any piano player should know..
Sitting down at a piano and playing a few notes is a pretty easy task, right?
I mean, practically anyone can take a seat on the bench, place their fingers on the keys, and make some sort of sound come out. However, the technique we use to control the muscles in our hands, arms, and shoulders plays a very important role in our ability to play the piano well. Specifically, the muscles in our hands play a very vital role in our ability to make, as well as control, our desired sound.
In this article, we will cover some piano basics about good hand position. I will also share some educational piano finger exercises that any piano player should know to improve on the skill.
What Does Good Piano Finger Technique Involve?
Great piano finger technique is based on the idea of playing using the fingers as our main driving source of power. Normally, most of these ideas will be unfamiliar to you if you taught yourself. If you’ve been playing for a long time and using different techniques, breaking bad habits may take seem a little bit impossible
There’s no need to stress, as my finger technique was awful before I reached ESOM. Within a few months of being there, however, it improved slowly and the improvement was noticeable.
In short, good finger technique is characterized by these elements
Fingers should not be flat knuckles should generally not be straightened.
Typically, most fingers will be slightly bent at the knuckle closest to the fingertip.
The basic playing will actually come from the finger rather than the wrist or arm.
Relaxation of the arm, elbow, and shoulder, and a very early preparation of the thumb and other fingers while playing.
5 Piano Finger Exercises You Should Know
The following finger exercises should be done with a consistent tempo, even if it’s very slow.
1. 5 note pentascales using one finger at a time. (C D E F G) one finger per note.
In this piano finger exercise, the student will play down one finger at a time and listen to the result. I would advise any students to change dynamic ranges only using their hand muscles rather than their whole arms or shoulders. It’s such an easy exercise, but also surprisingly difficult for those who may not have strong hand muscles.
2. Ascending pentascales and viseversa
After the first finger exercise is mastered, play an ascending and descending pentascale from the lowest to highest finger with both hands. For example, the left-hand will play with the right hand thumb, and so on. Use the proper finger techniques discussed above
3. Play in thirds (skip notes) between each note
After the second exercise is mastered, using a pentascales, play in thirds (skip notes) between each note. Train your fingers to play every note legato– connected.
4. Play with firm finger position
While having your hands at about playing level though not actually on the keys, prepare (bend) the knuckle closest to the finger-tip as though it were playing. Lift your hand while keeping the finger position, then let it fall onto the key. If the knuckle collapses, try again from a lower height.
In essence, this finger exercise prepares you for the sensation of playing with a firm finger position without adding any arm weight or tension to the scenario. By dropping your hands and arm on the keys, it allows you to focus fully on getting a solid finger position.
5. Play two notes at a time in one hand at a time.
For instance, the right hand thumb and middle finger play simultaneously while the other fingers relax. It’s important to verify that the other fingers are, in fact relaxing, as they will often try to interact when they don’t need to.
In conclusion, using these piano finger exercises on a consistent basis while using proper finger-technique will greatly enhance your ability to play the piano with great accuracy and speed.
Remember that consistency is the key to changing older habits! I hope you find these piano finger exercises helpful as you learn how to play the piano!
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