14 piano lessons on technique for intermediate players

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By Ellie Palmer

20 March 2020

Enjoy our collection of in-depth intermediate lessons, including advice on legato and staccato, pedalling, forearm rotation, polyrhythms and more

Intermediate pianists... this one's for you!

We've put together a selection of 14 in-depth intermediate piano lessons, all taught by piano teacher Graham Fitch. 

Keep practising ❤

 

Legato and staccato

Graham Fitch demonstrates three different types of legato touch, and four different types of staccato touch.

This lesson complements his full-length article on touches inside Pianist No 68.

 

Octaves

Check out our compact 15-minute lesson on octave technique.

This lesson complements his full-length article on Octaves inside Pianist No 71.

 

Technical exercises

The debate over whether pianists should make time for technical exercises such as Hanon has been raging for years. Below, Graham recommends the most useful exercises out there.

This lesson complements his full-length article inside Pianist No 76.

 

How to successfully practise slowly – Part 1

Graham gives his advice on how to practise quick pieces slowly... and also how to practise slow pieces quickly where needed!

This lesson complements his full-length article inside Pianist No 78.

 

How to successfully practise slowly – Part 2

This lesson complements his full-length article inside Pianist No 78.

 

The basics of pedalling

Learn everything there is to know about the sustaining pedal, and how to use it effectively.

This lesson complements his full-length article inside Pianist No 83.

 

Advanced piano pedalling techniques

Looking again at the sustain pedal, Graham demonstrates how there is a lot more to pedalling than what meets the eye (or ear...)

This lesson complements his full-length article inside Pianist No 84.

 

Forearm rotation technique – Part 1

Keeping your arms and hands happy and healthy is of the utmost importance to all pianists. These two videos show you how to keep them injury-free.

This lesson complements his full-length article inside Pianist No 86.

 

Forearm rotation technique – Part 2

This lesson complements his full-length article inside Pianist No 86.

 

Polyrhythms

How on earth do we tackle complex rhythms?! It's all about dividing beats into equal parts.

His lesson compliments his article inside Pianist No 89.

 

Repeated notes

There will be occasions when we come across a section of music in which one note is repeated over and over. If we're not careful, it can be a real strain on our fingers. Graham shows us how to best practise them below.

This lesson compliments his article inside Pianist No 106.

 

Correct ways to use the metronome

Are you getting the most out of your metronome? Or could you be utilising it in a more effective way? 

This video lesson compliments his article inside Pianist No 110.

 

Useful exercises for the weaker fingers

Graham presents the best exercises to help you strengthen your fingers.

This video lesson compliments his article inside Pianist No 113.

 

Fingering for scales, arpeggios, chords and more

All the fingering tips you need!

This video accompanies his written masterclass inside Pianist No 103.

 

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