The concept of a quiet hand is about avoiding unnecessary motion in order to achieve control in smooth melodic playing. The most important aspect to playing with a quiet hand is to have as little extraneous motion as possible and to utilize the weight of the arms transferring smoothly from key to key. So how do you achieve this?
You’ll want to practice getting your hands over the correct keys and transferring the weight between your fingers creating an almost seamless musical line. For more information on this topic check out my past video on finger techniques for the piano.
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