Experienced piano players can perform rubato, where one hand temporarily departs from a common time base. An experimental task that required performance with rubato-like characteristics showed that not only naive subjects, but also experienced piano players manifest interference between hands on this task. Performance was better when the preferred right hand took the rubato in both groups of subjects, in support of Mozart and Chopin's (Shaffer, 1981) admonition that piano players should take the rubato with the right hand.

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