why do we play piano with both hands ?? as in whats the role of left and right hands in a piano ?
In the Classical Era, it used to be quite a clear distinction with the left hand playing accompaniment and the right hand playing melody. However, this rule was never solid, before after or during the period.
Today, we use both hands because... why wouldn't you? You have two hands and ten fingers, so you use them!
Well for starters, there's several keys on a piano. A keyboard has less than an actual classic piano. You learn in school that your left hand is used for the lower keys and your right for the higher keys. When you play piano you will be given a sheet of music and sometimes a certain song will require you to use both hands. Thus on the sheet you will see two segments you have to play. One is for your left hand (the bass clef) and the other for your right (the treble clef). Together these will produce the desired sound. Also, playing with only one hand you can only produce so much sound. Without using both hands, people would not be able to do stuff like this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gw9gRVKV8bk
In traditional piano music, the left hand usually leads the chord progression and establishes the root of the chord, and the right hand is more melodic and free to wander within the key. we play with both hands because that's the way the first harpsichord designer intended it to be, and no one to date has successfully marketed a more creative way to involve the appendages of the body in a stunningly musical fashion.
The role of the right and left hands depends on the style of music you are creating/playing. For accompaniment, left hand covers bass lines while right hand plays chords, like Carole King for example. The melody line is covered by the singer or other instrument.
If the piano is playing solo pieces, left hand covers bass and chords while right hand is playing the melody line, as with Fats Waller stride piano style.
These are the two main approaches to playing piano.
Because we only have 2 hands. If we had three, we would use them all and music would sound different than it does now.
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