Fergus Black

music teacher and performer

bass clef treble clef

Right Hand or Left Hand?

When learning a new piece of music, start with the Left Hand. Why? Because it is harder?

Why is it harder?

  • The left hand tends to be weaker than the right (oddly, I find this to be true even for lefties);
  • Usually, in piano music, the right hand has the tune, which is easier to memorise. Left Hand parts tend to have less melodic outline;
  • Most people have more familiarity with the treble clef - we learnt it first, or we play a melody instrument;
  • The brain is hard-wired to hear the highest sound, so when we play hands together, we tend to be more conscious of the right hand music.