Playing Piano with Both Hands

by Kerri

I have a question about playing the piano. I know my chords pretty good with my right hand but not sure what to play with my left hand. I've been playing the same chords with the left as the right.


Hi, Kerri--

You don't mention what kind of music it is that you are playing. The possibilities for the left hand are many, depending upon the type of music and the playing situation.

Are you playing alone and want to accompany yourself while singing? If so, you can use your left hand as your bass player. Just start out playing the root of the chord with your left hand while you play the chord with your right hand.

When you become comfortable with this, you can add the 5th of the chord and alternate it with the root. Then you might branch out and make up a bass line which includes more notes of the chord.

If you want to use your left hand as a bass player, the best thing to do at first is probably
to keep it simple at first.

If I can help in any other way, please let me know.

Best Wishes,

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Aug 26, 2008
Thanks for the much needed info
by: Satovey

Thanks for the much needed info.

For a long time I have been trying to conceptualize how to play piano. Why? So that I can start composing my own music.

After reading this I immediately thought back to the old rock-a-billy songs that always had a bass rhythm being played in the song.

Off few learn to play piano books I've purchased and read. No one came right out and said this.

I can conceive of many things, but I always have those times when I'm looking at the answer and it's just not obvious to me so I need someone to point right at the thing and say: Open your eyes, it's right there.

Thanks again.


You are very welcome, Scott!


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