28th Oct ’14
I have been very slowly improving my piano playing. It is almost 2 years since I began ( http://tomndi.blogspot.ca/2013/03/begining-late-adventure-in-music.html ). I have now reached a point where not being able to pat my head and rub my tummy at the same time has become a problem. At the piano this is called hand independence and is a stumbling point for most learners. I recently contacted Scott Houston about this. His book “Play the Piano in Flash” got me started playing.
In the book he advises learning on hand at a time playing slowly before attempting to play them together. In his reply to my inquiry he reiterated this saying if you can recognize the tune your playing in the beginning then your probably playing it too fast ! Wow that Slow !
I have just discovered another tool to help in this regard ” SpeedShifter ”
( http://ca.abrsm.org/en/exam-support/practice-tools-and-applications/speedshifter/ ) which enables you to slow down your favourite mp3 song so that you can learn it more easily.