The Best Way On How To Play Piano With Both Hands

Learning how to play piano with both hands is essential for an aspiring pianist. Mastering this technique is important to play all the notes on any given piece.

If you are practicing this instrument, you cannot progress if you don't know how to use your both hands. Just like playing guitar, you should know learn how to properly place your hands on the notes and play them harmoniously.

In this article, we will teach you how to play the piano with both of your hands. This tutorial is especially useful for beginners who are struggling with this aspect. Even intermediate pianists can make use of this tutorial as a form of review and practice. Read on!


How To Play Piano With Both Hands

Professional pianists know that the biggest hindrance in playing with both hands is synchrony. Most of the time, we see our left hand and right hand as two different things.

When playing the piano, we treat them as "separate objects" that we have to play simultaneously. You can only master the technique of playing with both hands if you can use them harmoniously.

Scientifically, your brain works best if it performs one task at a time. On the contrary, jumbling with different tasks at the same time decreases the attention span of the brain. As a result, playing with both hands can be mentally overwhelming and exhausting.

However, you can always take advantage of this particular mechanism of your brain. Unless you are a musical prodigy, you have to follow the practical methods of learning how to play the piano with both hands.

Many music instructors suggest that you have to practice your hands separately. Although this is not a standard in the realm of music, this is a good strategy to exercise familiarity with your hands.

However, the real challenge comes at the moment when you have to use your hands together. The synchrony could be a problem here. Always practicing with one hand at a time can condition your brain that your hands can't play together.

How To Solve This Problem

Learning how to play the piano with both hands can be a matter of perspective. Many piano teachers teach their students that they have to look both hands as combined whole.

Moreover, you should also use your eyes to see that notes that groups together and the notes that should be played separately. At this point, we will emphasize that the familiarization of the piano notes is necessary. Some of the complicated piano techniques will require playing individual notes with a particular hand.

Going back, you should break the notes into three categories: together, left, and right. If you still find this very overwhelming, then you can play beat by beat. You should keep up with your pace. There is no need for you to rush because learning piano is not a racing competition! T

ake a look at the first beat. Observe what notes are aligned in each of your hands. Try to memorize this and progress continually. Moreover, it is also important that you have to practice a lot of times. In this way, playing with both of your hands will feel "natural" and "automatic."

If you continue doing this, you won't get cautious anymore of how each of your hands is hitting the keyboard.

The first days would be a struggle. The beats and the measures would be hard to follow. You should expect that your starting days would be slow. However, as time will pass, your progress will go quicker. Once the concepts sink into your hands and brain, you can already gain kinetic coordination.

Just continue doing this until such time you can already play with your hands conveniently.

Placing Your Fingers On The Piano Properly

It is also important that you know the proper finger "postures" in playing the piano. After all, you can't play with both of your hands if your finger coordination is all messed up!

To start, you should get familiar the finger numbering system of the piano. In this method, you will be able to learn how to write the placement of the fingers on a sheet music. Moreover, it also assists in the proper placement of your fingers in the piano.

It is important to know that the numbering for both the left and rights hands are just the same. Specifically, here is the numbering system:

  • Thumb - Number 1
  • Index finger - Number 2
  • ​Middle finger - Number 3
  • ​Ring finger - Number 4
  • ​Pinky finger - Number 5

Right Hand Placement

  • Begin at the middle C.
  • Next, your finger 1 (thumb) on the middle C.
  • ​After, put your finger 2 (index) on D; finger 3 (middle) on E; finger 4 (ring) on F; and finger 5 (pinky) on the G note key. Technically, we call this the"Going Up Pattern." You should play C, D, E, F, G, successively using this finger placement pattern.
  • ​Move your thumb to your right. You should do the same to the rest of your fingers once your pinky finger hits the G note.
  • ​Place your thumb under the pinky finger so that you can hit note A.
  • ​You need to repeat this five-finger pattern so that your index finger will press B note, middle finger on C5 note, ring finger on D5 note, and pinky finger on E5 note.
  • ​This pattern should get obvious as you progress in practice. For the meantime, learn how to play this pattern until your right hands reach the keyboard’s end.

Left Hand Placement

  • Begin at the middle C.
  • Next, your finger 1 (thumb) on the middle C.
  • ​After, put your finger 2 (index) on B3; finger 3 (middle) on A3; finger 4 (ring) on G3; and finger 5 (pinky) on the F3 note key. This is known as "Going Down Pattern." Just like the right-hand finger placement, should play C4, B3, A3, G3, and F3 successively using this method.
  • ​Move your thumb to your left and then below the rest of your fingers once your pinky finger will about to hit F.
  • ​Place your thumb under the pinky finger so that you can hit the next F note.
  • ​Repeat this five-finger pattern so that your index finger will press D3 note, middle finger on C3 note, ring finger on B2 note, and pinky finger on A2 note.
  • Repeat the entire process until your left hands can reach the keyboard's end.

Tips On Playing Both Hands In Piano

As we mentioned earlier, playing the piano with both of your hands is more difficult than playing with just your right hand. Some melodies can be played just by either your right hand or your left hand. However, full song pieces will require you to use them together.

These are some of the things that you have to keep in mind when you are playing with both of your hands.

  • When you play a piece from the grand staff, it is important that you should vertically read the notes (from bottom to top). You have to do this first before reading the notes horizontally (from left to right).
  • Pick a song of your choice. Next, play it several times by just using your right hand. After this, you need to practice the song using only your left hand. If your hands are already familiar with their respective notes, you can already start playing them altogether.
  • ​It is also important that you need to play slowly. You don't have to follow the original tempo of the song at the start. Instead, just keep up with your pace. Just speed up once you are already familiar and comfortable with the song.
  • ​Of course, it is essential that you keep your calm and composure. If you commit a mistake, then just be patient. There is no need for you to get agitated and discourage. You should always remember that practice makes perfect.
  • ​If you have audiences, politely ask them to leave. In this way, you won't feel conscious. As a result, you can practice without any distractions. Just invite them back if you have already a good grasp of the song.
  • Ideally, you can memorize the name of the notes before you start playing them in order. In this way, you will get comfortable with identifying the notes. Moreover, it also allows you to make easy transitions between the treble clefs and bass clefs.


The process of learning how to play piano with both hands is not easy. However, we have never said that is not impossible. Therefore, we encourage you and every aspiring pianist to continue practicing until such time they can master this technique.

Also, it would help if you will follow the steps and tips we have given you. They are super easy methods so that you can learn proper hand and finger coordination. Once you get familiar with these concepts, then playing the piano will become a breeze to you!

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