Two Exercises to Eliminate One-Hand Dominance

This article consists of exercises designed to develop strength and endurance in both hands. The first one begins with a balance of four right-hand and four left-hand strokes. As you repeat, the balance is shifted to gradually overload the right hand, and then the left, before you return to four strokes each.

When practicing this exercise, use a metronome and work at a comfortable tempo. Play each line four times before moving on, and play the entire exercise without stopping between lines. Increase the tempo only if you can make it all the way through without tensing up.

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The second exercise is designed to develop the ability to lead with either hand. It’s based on a two-bar phrase with three-, five-, seven-, and nine-note accent patterns. The first measure of each two-bar phrase works the right hand, and the second bar works the left. Each line features a different accent pattern.

As before, use a metronome and play each line four times before moving on. Increase the tempo only if you can make it all the way through without tensing up.

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