Christopher “Chris” Roberts possesses more than three decades in the classical and jazz music industry and previously served as the president of Universal Music Group’s classics and jazz division. Also an accomplished classical piano player and composer, Christopher Roberts released his first album in 1994.
Playing classical piano requires a great deal of finger dexterity. The following tips can help aspiring pianists enhance this crucial ability.
1. Finger stretches. Stretching the muscles in your fingers and flexing the joints can improve dexterity and increase your range of motion. Performing finger stretches before you begin playing can also serve as a warmup and prevent stiffening.
2. Practicing scales and arpeggios. Practicing scales and arpeggios doesn’t just reinforce your knowledge of how to play, it also helps your fingers develop rhythm and boost dexterity. Arpeggios that require challenging reaches will offer the best exercise, especially if you move at a deliberately slow tempo and focus on accuracy.
3. Use practice software apps. Practice applications for string instruments can help you improve dexterity outside practice times or when you do not have access to a piano.
4. Maintain proper form. Proper form plays a big role in performance ability, particularly in your hands, due to the connection of muscles and ligaments in the shoulders, back, and arms. Keeping proper form can make it easier to improve dexterity.
5. Train your weaker hand. Many pianists find that one of their hands is weaker than the other. Take time to strengthen this hand through stretches and exercises.