Learn to Play: Fast Piano Runs (Fills)
Introduction To Runs And Fills
Click on image for a clearer view. Audio Sample of Example 2. I enjoy adding runs to hymns. A lot of pianists have asked me the following questions about runs over the years:. Excellent questions! I will attempt to answer these questions as I go through this series of articles on adding runs to hymns.
Today I'm going to teach you a few finger exercises to help you build up speed and dexterity on the piano. Let's start our finger exercise in that old standby, C Major. With whatever hand you choose to start with, play the first five notes of the scale, using all five fingers. Work your way from C to G, then back down again. Don't play as fast as you can just yet. Start off nice and slow and make sure that all of the notes are the same volume. You want steady movements.
Beginner Piano Lessons
Get this bible of Pop-Piano, learn to understand the language of music and express yourself just like the pros, by ear and by heart. - We've all heard pianists who make us drool with musical jealousy when they play, using a tool box full of lighting-fast runs and clever fills that have us clamoring for more.
These are things that you just add in on your own! We hear singers do this all the time when their voices go up really high and include a lot of consecutive notes that flow up and down. They sound like "extra notes" which makes sense because they are extra notes. Singers add these to the original framework of the song that they are singing according to their own personal preferences and technical knowledge and ability. Pianists do this all the time too!