Unit D07 – Hand Position and Co-ordination

Students should encounter pieces that include a small amount of hand crossing and play pieces where each hand covers a range of about one octave. Chord voicing become more complicated, incorporating other elements that the student has learned up to now (for example: dynamics, articulations, rhythms).


Activities

  • For pieces with hand crossing elements get students to practice hands separately, but leaving the other hand in place for the appropriate phrases. This will help students get the feel for hand crossing.
  • Practice hand crossing by playing arpeggios across two hands, for example:
    • Lowest octave: Left hand
    • Next octave: Right hand
    • Top octave: Left hand
    • Top note Right hand
  • Chord voicing: Encourage students to play each line individually as well as within the context of the chord, whilst practising.