Exercises to practice emphasising the melody line (part two of the voicing series)

This post first appeared in the November issue of The Piano Bench Magazine.

A few posts ago, I talked about how to identify and isolate a melody line, and I’d like to now expand a little bit on that by talking about how to then bring out that melody line once you’ve found it, something I only very briefly touched on.

A Basic Chord Exercise

To recap on what I said about learning to accent different fingers when the whole hand is playing different notes, I mentioned an exercise from Heinrich Neuhaus’ “The Art of Piano Playing”:

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