Tuesday, January 06, 2009

Do Left Handed Pianists Have An Advantage?

Just Maybe. I'm officialy undecided (er, ambidextrous):

ll piano students must overcome the two hands’ resistance to work separately; by having to work harder on what’s essentially a right-handed instrument, the neurons of left-handed pianists get an extra workout and thus grow stronger.

French pianist Grimaud doesn’t have her own theories, but she says she feels a deep affinity for the harmonically and chordally rich music of Beethoven, Schumann, Brahms and Rachmaninoff —- composers she feels certain were left-handed. (Most pianists agree that piano music by Schubert and Chopin favors the right hand. Mozart feels perfectly ambidextrous.)

Read the rest here.

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