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Chords with 1 or 2 Hands?
#3010728 08/06/20 08:41 AM
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Would you use LH and RH for these chords? Reason I ask I see arrangements sometimes have it all in treble then some have it split in the bass and treble. When I watch others play this song I notice most to do the chords with both hands. Is the idea if you don't need the LH for other notes then split chords into LH and RH when possible? Does this make the transitions smoother and better sounding?

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Re: Chords with 1 or 2 Hands?
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Not really. I think any good pianist can play these chords with one hand easily. It depends how the rest of the piece looks like. I usually tend to play chords with one hand as much as i can. I go 2 hands only when it is technically challenging (large span, tempo, ...).

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The reason I would play it with one hand: no concern about whether the hands are completely synchronized and no concern with whether the tone/volume/ length of the notes are equivalent.


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You can see that the melody in the piano part is "embedded" into the chords. That is, the upper note of each chord is a melody note and the other notes are accompaniment. So if you want to play this on a piano solo, without singing, then it makes sense to play upper notes of chords with the right hand and other notes with the left hand, that way it will be easier for you to emphasize melody. But if you play with singing then it will be better not to split chords between hands, you see, the author of the arrangement thinks that the song sounds better with all notes above middle C, and such a split will be uncomfortable technically for these chords above middle C.

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Originally Posted by dogperson
The reason I would play it with one hand: no concern about whether the hands are completely synchronized and no concern with whether the tone/volume/ length of the notes are equivalent.

Makes sense and good point. Now when I watch others play it Im going to really listen to see how they do dynamics.


Originally Posted by Iaroslav Vasiliev
You can see that the melody in the piano part is "embedded" into the chords. That is, the upper note of each chord is a melody note and the other notes are accompaniment. So if you want to play this on a piano solo, without singing, then it makes sense to play upper notes of chords with the right hand and other notes with the left hand, that way it will be easier for you to emphasize melody. But if you play with singing then it will be better not to split chords between hands, you see, the author of the arrangement thinks that the song sounds better with all notes above middle C, and such a split will be uncomfortable technically for these chords above middle C.

I never thought of it that way. I plan to play it as piano solo it's just the arrangement I purchases has vocals. I could do a split (image below) and put more emphasis on RH? With your explanation I can see exactly what you mean about using 1 hand since there are vocals, etc.

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I all depends on the sound you want and voice leading. You want that close sound, or a open sound, you want some movement in the voices. One hand, two hands get determined by the choices from the previous questions. Experiment and find sound you like and develop you ear in the process.

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Originally Posted by Sebs
Originally Posted by Iaroslav Vasiliev
You can see that the melody in the piano part is "embedded" into the chords. That is, the upper note of each chord is a melody note and the other notes are accompaniment. So if you want to play this on a piano solo, without singing, then it makes sense to play upper notes of chords with the right hand and other notes with the left hand, that way it will be easier for you to emphasize melody. But if you play with singing then it will be better not to split chords between hands, you see, the author of the arrangement thinks that the song sounds better with all notes above middle C, and such a split will be uncomfortable technically for these chords above middle C.

I never thought of it that way. I plan to play it as piano solo it's just the arrangement I purchases has vocals. I could do a split (image below) and put more emphasis on RH? With your explanation I can see exactly what you mean about using 1 hand since there are vocals, etc.

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I really meant playing just one, most upper note with the right hand. (LH: DFG, RH: B in the example) But 2-2 split is not bad, too. Just don't forget that you need to emphasize the upper note (B in the example) a little bit.

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Originally Posted by MrShed
I all depends on the sound you want and voice leading. You want that close sound, or a open sound, you want some movement in the voices. One hand, two hands get determined by the choices from the previous questions. Experiment and find sound you like and develop you ear in the process.

I will slowly work on each bar, look at other arrangements, videos, etc. and get some ideas. Then I will modify my score to get the sound I want while experimenting at the piano and focus on listening too. This will be a fun process. Thanks for the help!


Originally Posted by Iaroslav Vasiliev
I really meant playing just one, most upper note with the right hand. (LH: DFG, RH: B in the example) But 2-2 split is not bad, too. Just don't forget that you need to emphasize the upper note (B in the example) a little bit.

Sounds good! I will try out both ways. I'm looking forward to it and just from this discussion I already feel more prepared to take on this project. Should be fun and some good learning during this process. Thanks for the help.


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