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Hi,

Just like the title suggest I'm looking for pieces that will help me practice (and hopefully) improve my left hand movement.

Thanks!

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It would help if you could advise what level. I have a couple of suggestions.




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It would help if you could advise what level. I have a couple of suggestions.




Hi yes thank you! I will take a look at those pieces. And I definitely should given a level, I believe I'm only playing at ABRSM grade 5 or 6.

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The bach inventions within your abilities. Really helped me with left hand. You can have a look at other baroque pieces if these you don't find interesting. I'm playing invention number 12 which is currently grade 7 piece but perhaps slower speed it's much easier. I think they are all around grade 5-6 standard.

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Hi Sammy
Do an internet search for ‘music for the LH alone’. Many are quite advanced but they will really help with LH efficiency. ... at least they did for me.


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Hi Sammy,

Try this one: Chopin Prelude op. 28 no. 3 in G major

It was assigned to me many years ago for this purpose. To this day I've never actually played it outside of for technical development (and still probably couldn't at tempo). So don't let the recordings scare you away. However, I had guidance and feedback so I would be careful if you're doing this on your own.

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I think most of the suggestions above with the exception of the Bach Inventions are too difficult, even if played somewhat slower than performance tempo, for someone at the ABSRM level 5 or 6.

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Czerny has written a set of 24 studies for the left hand opus 718. That includes most usual configurations, passage work, alberti bass, arpegios, chords in varioys configurations, thirds, ....

I dont think you need to play all of them, but a small selection can be helpful.

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Originally Posted by pianoloverus
I think most of the suggestions above with the exception of the Bach Inventions are too difficult, even if played somewhat slower than performance tempo, for someone at the ABSRM level 5 or 6.

It's interesting that you say that because to me, the Bach piece seems like the most difficult. The Moszkowski, Czerny, and Chopin pieces seem easier in my opinion, because while they're meant to be played very fast, there is very little movement in the right hand, so I would really only have to focus on the left. However the Bach inventions, it's got two rhythmically and melodically independent lines that I would have to focus on at the same time.

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Also thank you to everyone for the suggestions. I will look into playing most if not all of these pieces.

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I think most of the suggestions above with the exception of the Bach Inventions are too difficult, even if played somewhat slower than performance tempo, for someone at the ABSRM level 5 or 6.

It's interesting that you say that because to me, the Bach piece seems like the most difficult. The Moszkowski, Czerny, and Chopin pieces seem easier in my opinion, because while they're meant to be played very fast, there is very little movement in the right hand, so I would really only have to focus on the left. However the Bach inventions, it's got two rhythmically and melodically independent lines that I would have to focus on at the same time.
The Chopin, Moszkowski, and most works for the LH alone are light years beyond the Bach in overall difficulty even taking into account the fact that the RH part is easy. Just look up their difficulty level on any of the rating systems if you doubt this.

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I think most of the suggestions above with the exception of the Bach Inventions are too difficult, even if played somewhat slower than performance tempo, for someone at the ABSRM level 5 or 6.

It's interesting that you say that because to me, the Bach piece seems like the most difficult. The Moszkowski, Czerny, and Chopin pieces seem easier in my opinion, because while they're meant to be played very fast, there is very little movement in the right hand, so I would really only have to focus on the left. However the Bach inventions, it's got two rhythmically and melodically independent lines that I would have to focus on at the same time.
The Chopin, Moszkowski, and most works for the LH alone are light years beyond the Bach in overall difficulty even taking into account the fact that the RH part is easy. Just look up their difficulty level on any of the rating systems if you doubt this.


If you look on imslp, yes the pieces are too difficult. That is why I suggested a Google search ‘beginner music for the left hand aline’.


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I think most of the suggestions above with the exception of the Bach Inventions are too difficult, even if played somewhat slower than performance tempo, for someone at the ABSRM level 5 or 6.

It's interesting that you say that because to me, the Bach piece seems like the most difficult. The Moszkowski, Czerny, and Chopin pieces seem easier in my opinion, because while they're meant to be played very fast, there is very little movement in the right hand, so I would really only have to focus on the left. However the Bach inventions, it's got two rhythmically and melodically independent lines that I would have to focus on at the same time.
The Chopin, Moszkowski, and most works for the LH alone are light years beyond the Bach in overall difficulty even taking into account the fact that the RH part is easy. Just look up their difficulty level on any of the rating systems if you doubt this.


If you look on imslp, yes the pieces are too difficult. That is why I suggested a Google search ‘beginner music for the left hand aline’.
Here's what you wrote:
"Do an internet search for ‘music or the LH alone’. Many are quite advanced but they will really help with LH efficiency. ... at least they did for me."

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If you dont like Bach inventions because of 2 parts then I have the perfect piece. Its really good.



There is the bach prelude E minor from WTC 1. There is B minor transcription. I believe even its been done as a left hand alone. But I'm not a fan of these but the simple one I like.

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I cant find a good version online - sorry. My version has broken chords and I play it faster but this was a little too fast. Gives you an idea however. Good luck.


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Hi,

Just like the title suggest I'm looking for pieces that will help me practice (and hopefully) improve my left hand movement.

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Scriabin's Prelude, Op. 9, No. 1 is a wonderful piece for left hand alone, it's not as difficult as it's more famous companion, the Nocturne, Op. 9, No. 2.


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There's the famous Prelude from Cello Suite No.1 in G major BWV 1007 by J.S. Bach. Though it was written for Cello, you can just download the sheet music from IMSLP and play the bass clef with the left hand. It's on my to do list. Here are a couple of nice performances of it by pianists on YouTube:

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Originally Posted by Moo :)
If you dont like Bach inventions because of 2 parts then I have the perfect piece. Its really good.



There is the bach prelude E minor from WTC 1. There is B minor transcription. I believe even its been done as a left hand alone. But I'm not a fan of these but the simple one I like.


Note it's BWV855 and not 885 as written in the video.

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Moszkowski Op. 92 etudes.


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