Building speed and dexterity – Share practice tips and routines

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    Greg PercifieldGreg Percifield
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    Hey there, jazz piano enthusiasts!

    Developing speed and dexterity at the keyboard is essential for any jazz pianist. It allows us to execute complex passages, improvise with more fluidity, and navigate the keyboard with ease. But building speed and dexterity requires consistent and focused practice.

    In this thread, let’s share our practice tips, routines, and exercises that have helped us build speed and dexterity at the piano. Whether you’re a beginner looking for advice or a seasoned player with tried-and-true techniques, we’d love to hear from you!

    To start the discussion, check out this helpful video by piano educator Josh Wright, in which he shares some effective exercises for building speed and dexterity:

    Some key takeaways from Josh’s video include:

    1. Practice with a metronome: Using a metronome can help you build speed gradually and maintain consistent tempo as you practice. Start at a comfortable pace, and slowly increase the tempo as you become more proficient.
      Focus on relaxation: Tension can significantly hinder your speed and dexterity at the piano. Focus on maintaining a relaxed posture and hand position, and avoid tensing up as you play faster.
      Break down difficult passages: When faced with a challenging passage, break it down into smaller sections and practice each section separately. This will help you focus on specific technical challenges and allow you to build speed and dexterity more effectively.
  • What practice tips and exercises have helped you build speed and dexterity at the piano? Share your thoughts, experiences, and questions, and let’s help each other become more agile and expressive pianists!

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