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Thanks, David!!!
by: Geoffrey

David, thanks for your very precise response to my complex question!!

I knew the answer had to be in a combination of the two tecnniques that you've already explained in your tutorials.

Lifting the fourth and fifth fingers higher and adding extra right hand arm weight really makes sense.

I belive that the trick is in finding the correct balance between the two techniques to achieve the desired result...

I hope you do a video of this technique down the line! I know it would be very helpful to all of your students and fans learning to play the "Moonlight Sonata" that you've already demonstrated on your site.

--Thanks again!!!---Geoffrey

Managing the melody and chords with your right hand.
by: David from www.piano-play-it.com

Hey Geoffrey,

It's a good question and I'd like to tell you upfront that it takes quite some time to manage both the melody and the accompaniment with your right hand.

The first thing you have to do is sing the melody and distinguish it from the chords in your brain.

By doing that you're already likely to emphesize to melody and give less attention to the accompaniment.

As for how to do it. It has to do indeed with a combination of the arm weight and active fingers.

What I do is actually lifting the the 5th and 4th fingers (which are usually the ones that play the melody when I play both accompaniment and melody) higher in order to allow them have more space to fall to the key - the so calles active fingers technique.

I also twist my right hand a little bit to the right side to give more weight to those fingers.

And as for the accompaniment? I fall very softly to the piano key. I caress it almost.

You know what? Try to practice falling fast to the G key with your pinky while you fall slowlier to the C key at the same time.

As a result you might hear the C key a bit later which is actually the effect of having the melody in the front and the accompaniment in the background.

I hope it's clear enough and that you can use this info to play this task better. With time I'll probably make a video that demonstrates how to play both the melody and the accompanimet with the right hand, once I'm through with the basics...

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