Root First, Then Chord To Enhance Your Left Hand Playing

Here’s a super fast, easy tip for your left hand to make your piano playing sound better.

  • Charlie
    Posted at 07:03h, 07 October Reply

    My personal thanks to Scott for opening a whole new world. Every time I sit at the keyboard , whether for anorher leasson or just to pass some time, it makes me smile inside. Once again, Thanks Scott!

  • Peter Vogl
    Posted at 07:48h, 07 October Reply

    Thanks, cool indeed

  • earnest
    Posted at 11:20h, 07 October Reply

    This is advertising I don’t mind.:)

    • Scott Houston
      Posted at 15:45h, 26 November Reply

      Ha! Give a little to get as little … right?

  • Betsy Brown
    Posted at 12:13h, 07 October Reply

    Well, that IS basic, but helpful to novices like me! Thanks for sharing this.

  • Barbara Flannery
    Posted at 14:16h, 07 October Reply

    I have attempted to purchase one of the Fake Bools (Holday tunes included) and apparently deliveries are not made to Canada. Is this so?

    • Scott Houston
      Posted at 14:23h, 26 November Reply

      We’re fighting (a currently losing) battle moving all of our own webstore operations to Amazon for fulfillment. They have a restriction due to a trade treaty (?) to not sell media items (books, DVD, basically everything I sell) directly to Canada from the US. Instead you need to get them directly from if the book is listed there.

      No worry though, because 1) we are working on a solution to solve that directly from the website, and 2) in the interim, you can call us at 317-726-1901 and we can take the order manually and ship to Canada as we always have for the last 15 years. This shipping is always (in my opinion) exhorbitant, but we just pass along what we have to pay to get it to you …

  • Paul Banas
    Posted at 19:42h, 07 October Reply

    Great tip Scott. I’ve been doing this from back in your first books. Really easy and makes a huge difference!

  • frank gliha
    Posted at 06:53h, 08 October Reply

    Thank you so much for your practice tips I really appreciate your time and efforts.

  • Frank Barcelona
    Posted at 07:04h, 08 October Reply

    I like the sound , and maybe it will help me get used to using my pedals. I hardly do now. Thanks !

  • Mike Fannin
    Posted at 08:23h, 08 October Reply

    Awesome tip! Thanks!

  • Everett Baird
    Posted at 09:21h, 08 October Reply

    Scott Great tip. having a problem with left hand, especially when rhythm playing. Like to see more.

  • James Ferrantelli
    Posted at 10:18h, 08 October Reply

    Thanks Scott , love your tips

  • Jeannette Magnuson
    Posted at 11:18h, 08 October Reply

    Thanks for the tips. I am having a hard time with my left hand coordination. Any tips helps me.

  • Marlene Reese
    Posted at 13:50h, 08 October Reply

    I keep trying to improve my piano skills but I remain stuck. I very much enjoy your website.

    Thank you.

    Marlene Reese

  • Debra Ann Petitan
    Posted at 14:23h, 08 October Reply

    Thank you, that tip was very helpful and did add to the sound of the music.

  • Ed Vieira
    Posted at 14:27h, 08 October Reply

    Your suggestions are appreciated. I play many hymns and want to always improve the style of playing them. Hope you can keep suggesting new forms of playing such songs.


  • Uris McKay
    Posted at 14:46h, 08 October Reply

    Thanks for the tip. By playing the root first and then the chord makes the piece sound so much better. It’s simple to remember.

  • Jerome Higgins
    Posted at 15:41h, 08 October Reply

    Thanks Scott; you’re the greatest.

    • Scott Houston
      Posted at 14:24h, 26 November Reply

      tell my wife that would you please 🙂

  • Grace Johnson
    Posted at 15:59h, 08 October Reply

    Thanks. I will remember that. Good reminder.
    Grace Johnson
    p.s. Any plans to do more “1-on -1” DVD’s?

  • Melba Hendrix
    Posted at 17:34h, 08 October Reply

    Good tip, I am definitely going to work on this!

  • Lois Sherman
    Posted at 17:48h, 08 October Reply

    Very helpful. I’ll work on this to make my playing sound better. Thanks.

  • Jerome
    Posted at 04:43h, 09 October Reply


  • Annie Taylor
    Posted at 09:53h, 09 October Reply

    Thanks for the tip. It does make the music sound better.

  • Kim Bagwell
    Posted at 11:55h, 11 October Reply

    Great tip! Very helpful!

  • Garlin Russell
    Posted at 14:43h, 14 October Reply

    Without a doubt, Scott, you are the GREATEST music instructor that I have ever encountered. As a self-taught piano player in my teens, I have throughout the years enrolled with at least 5 or 6 piano teachers, pleading for enhancement of skills “my way” (I knew every note, every kind of chord, all about timing, etc., but all I every got from them was “1 and 2 and 3 and…, scales, hand position, etc.” After 3 or 4 lessons with each teacher, I gave up, quit, and like a gift from Heaven, I discovered you on a PBS program in Charlotte, N.C., ordered your materials, your 1-on-1 series, etc. AND WHAT A BLESSING!! I’m a single male, now a retired high school English teacher, playing piano with utmost “glee” and regard every e-mail from SCOTT HOUSTON, especially those with the mini-videos demonstrating “playing tips,” like a priceless treasure.
    By sending a contribution to the PBS station, 6 or 7 years ago,
    I was afforded a free seminar with you at their telecasting station in Durham, N.C. where I had the great pleasure of meeting you in person!!!! S0 – having discovered you on PBS, meeting you, and acquiring your instructional materials has been nothing short of a godsend ! ! ! I can’t begin to say how many people I have told about you. So, to you, Scott, my THANK YOUS are endless!!!!!!!!!!!
    Most sincerely,
    Garlin Russell

    • Scott Houston
      Posted at 14:27h, 26 November Reply

      Thanks Garlin! My ego has been duly boosted for the day. Ha!

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