TEACHING Piano Adventures®

Finger Numbers

Lesson Book page 4

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  1. Let's trace your hands. Which is your left hand? Which is your right?
  2. Let's number the fingers in each hand. (Begin with the left hand.)
  3. Put your hands together, fingertips touching. Tap the fingers I call out.
Children often forget which hand is which.

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Tapping opposite fingers is an easy way to test finger numbers.

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Theory

p. 2 Finger Numbers

Technique & Artistry

pp. 4-5 Five Secrets for Piano Technique

pedagogy pointers

Which hand is which? Children often forget. They love to have their hands traced, and that's a good way to help them distinguish.

Since success at the keyboard involves playing with specific hands, as well as with both hands, knowing left from right must become second nature.

Finger numbers can be mixed up, too, especially in the left hand where finger number one is the thumb.

Tapping opposite matching pairs is an easy way to begin identifying and testing finger numbers because isometric activity is easy and natural.

When the hands are separated, responding with the correct finger can be more challenging.

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see it in action

Teaching Video 3

When Hannah puts her hands together with fingertips touching, it's easy to see how the finger numbers match up. And who doesn't like to paste on stickers? Remember—ask first for the hand, then the finger. Taking rings on and off is a stylish way to check out those hands and fingers. You can see Hannah sizing up the "jewels". Rings on her fingers! (We'll skip the bells on the toes for now …)

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