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How to Cross Hands

The crossing hand piano technique is explained in detail in this video

Released on May 7, 2014

  
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christopher Slevin * VSM MEMBER * on May 7, 2014 @10:12 am PST
Interesting but how does one know when crossing hands is called for?
Musical ignoramus.
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Robert - host, on May 7, 2014 @12:59 pm PST
Fortunately composers arrange the notes on the staves to indicate which hand plays. Sometimes it's necessary to use symbols: m.s.(left) and m.d.(right)
Carol on May 7, 2014 @7:50 am PST
Thank you. I am "not there" yet, but your videos help me keep on trying.
Karen Clouser * VSM MEMBER * on May 7, 2014 @7:07 am PST
I really enjoy your lessons. Thank you. I play, just for my own enjoyment, at a semi advanced level. (the later Beethoven sonatas, etc). However, working them up concert tempo takes me a long time. My question is: Is a piece considered "learned" if it is played at a slower tempo than what is heard in concert? Thank you again.
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Robert - host, on May 7, 2014 @10:26 am PST
A piece is learned if it is memorized. If someone asked you your name and you had to look at your license to tell them your name, have you learned your name - probably not! The same is true of a piece of music.

As for knowing a piece but not being able to play it up to tempo, it's important to study repertoire you can get up to tempo eventually. If you have pieces in your repertoire that you cannot get up to speed, you should consider other pieces you can get up to tempo. While you may have learned the piece, you will not be able to play a satisfying performance of the work if you can't get it within the zone of an appropriate tempo.
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