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Posted 11/22/14

potentsativa wrote:

I am perplexed on how people can keep 2 seperate rhythms while playing Am I the only one? anyone have any tips on how to do it or should I just keep on practicing?


Buy a metronome and keep practicing.....

Posted 11/22/14
Strike the keys with my doink.
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Seriously, just practice.



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The rhythm is usually the same for both hands s:


And yeah, technically this .

Since usually the left hand is less busy than the right, I just count and find where the left hand will fall on certain counts that are based on whatever the right hand is playing. IDK if that makes sense, OP. Haha.
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Posted 11/22/14

potentsativa wrote:

I am perplexed on how people can keep 2 seperate rhythms while playing Am I the only one? anyone have any tips on how to do it or should I just keep on practicing?


I started playing really young and to this day I still have a very difficult time keeping two seperate rhythms. It has gotten easier with practice, like stated before play slow at first and build up your pace, eventually working up to the speed of the original.
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Posted 11/22/14
I'm just poping in here to say that the Title for this thread amused me
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Posted 11/22/14 , edited 11/22/14
Sometimes I find it helpful to just play through the song with only my right hand and then play through with only my left hand. Once I know both sides well, I'll put it together at a slower tempo and increase the speed as I get more comfortable.

Another thing that may help is if you record yourself playing the left hand portion and then play it back while you play the right hand portion. This might help to get the rhythm and tempo of the whole piece together in your head. Then, record the right hand portion and play the left hand portion as you play yourself back.

If I have a piece I am having trouble with, this is what I do. Don't worry about your tempo being perfect at first. Just concentrate on playing slowly and getting all the notes down. You can increase the tempo later once you don't have to think about the notes so much.

I've been playing piano since I was 5 years old and this has always helped me so hopefully it helps you too!

Also, just wanted to add to make sure you practice all those exciting scales, chords, and other finger exercises. I know they are not really exciting, but they do help your fingers move across the keys with more ease!
Posted 11/22/14
Well you aren't exactly playing different rhythms. You are playing complementary rhythms.

Most of the songs you will probably play will be 4/4 or 3/4 which sounds confusing already I know.

4/4 is a pace of beat. You could it like. 1, 2, 3, 4, 1 ,2, 3, 4. I'd suggesting playing to a metronome. set it to a temp you are comfortable with and start playing with one hand.

Set it to 4/4 and listen to the beat. Get used to playing in the beat. Then try to use your other hand to play a few notes. Maybe starting doing chords with your other hands every few notes in the pace of 4/4

I play guitar though and have never played piano but yeah.

Play to a metronome. Become the metronome.
and don't try to play poly rhythms on a keyboard if you ever figure out what that is.
Posted 11/22/14

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I use keyboard and mouse.


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Posted 11/22/14
You kinda have to memorize the left hand, and be able to do it without even thinking. Then add the right hand.
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Posted 11/22/14
this sadly reminds me of the new piano book i got the other week and i was so excited and i played everything in it and then... i stopped.

cuz i do not have piano and i do not want to travel to get to piano. it's really irritating.

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find a song that is easy to play[try to mimic it 100% be listening to it repeatedly],seperate the rhythm,melody and bass [in your mind when u listening to it] use your left to play the accompanied rhythm/bass and right for melody,[this is only for those song that have a slightly bigger gap in between the melody and rhythm/bass,for those that are harder'tight gap' that u need to use 3 brain together to perform is different stage]practice on 1 hand first,then the other hand,with some hard work and alot fustration,any 1 will be able to do it,i m no professional or got any cert,but thats how i done it.play metronome ,and ,the player will eventually adding accompanied rhythm to it,it will grow on the player and improving the tune that the player is playing and it become more complex and complex.
sorry for all the broken english above...hehe...
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Posted 11/23/14
Once you got it,then you can always do it.Work right hand and then left hand carefully and then try to play it slowly,that's how I did it.
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Posted 11/23/14
Just practice, thats how I got better.
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Posted 12/3/14 , edited 12/3/14
Here's how:

It's not so simple to just say "just practice", because what if it's the practicing part that's hard? This is why I hardly have trouble with this, unless syncopated/fast rhythm.

Start at Andante.

Play the following separately:

Master right hand first.
Master left hand next.

After that, play together. At this point it's going to feel like one of two things: You got it or you lost it. If you lost it, this is what to do:
Play together phrase by phrase. Pretend the song was Mary Had a Little Lamb. Start with the "Mary had a little lamb, little lamb, little lamb (x3)" and keep playing until you perfect it. After, move on to the next phrase: "whose fleece is white as snow." Perfect that. Then play together. If it still doesn't work, keep repeating, honestly. It took me 1 month (of course, on and off) to be able to play Nostalgia by Joe Hisaishi. It took me about a week or two to memorize it. I practiced about 30 minutes-an hour but that was only every other day. By the time I was at least able to play through it, I practiced a little less. The memorizing part was somewhat easy, where I only practiced one round-15 minutes.

Just remember:

Beat is everything. No beat, no tempo. No tempo, no rhythm. No rhythm, no good.
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