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Maybe my fingers are too fat or something but in some pieces I am learning my fingers always slip off the black keys. Is there any excercise anyone knows of to prevent this from happening?


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I don't know if there is a technique that makes the keys less slippery (or your fingers less sweaty!).

However, this may be because of a few things:

1) Your hands are not far enough in over the keys. Push your hands forward.

2) You're trying to play something too fast that you can't control, which causes a 'slip.'

3) Your fingers are actually sweaty!


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Some times I would like to apply something sticky to them as my fingers slip as well. I read the book about Glenn Gould and apparently he did like his keys kind of sticky and when his tech cleaned them for him, he was quite upset.


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Dry skin can also prevent fingertips from gripping black keys. You could try applying a little Neutrogena to your fingers and rub it in well.

I think the best approach is to practice a lot in keys with multiple flats/sharps. I do the Hanon exercises in all keys, and that helps me feel more secure on the black keys.

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I have this a lot; I find that slow practice where I very deliberately find the center of each key is the best cure.

Good luck!

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I have the very same problem with fast pieces, partially it is on my side (dry skin, I play better if I have not just washed my hands, e.g.), partially due to the black keys of the Yamaha P-85 which miss the matte finish.

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Maybe it's your technique. Flattening your fingers a bit will give you a larger surface area in which to hit those pesky skinny black keys.

More information here.
http://contentspiano.blogspot.com/2006/02/playing-with-flat-fingers.html

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Empty space,

I like your signature; ' I'm a masochist, I play piano for pleasure '.......what recognizable to me.....

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Thank you for all the tips, I am definitely going to try flattening my fingers on those pesky keys.


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Self analysis is always good, readjusting hand position as piece unfolds--not fixed..Sometimes the fingers round out more, or are broader..so experimentation is always helpful in a slow practice frame.


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