TEACHING Piano Adventures®

Finger Flashcards

Lesson Book page 4

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  1. Get your fingers moving! Here are six flashcards with peppy patterns for each hand.
  2. (Fingers on the fallboard or a table) Let's try Flashcard 1. Which hand? Four times around. Say the numbers!
    1 2 3 4, 1 2 3 4, 1 2 3 4, 1 2 3 4
  3. Here goes Flashcard 2 … 3 … 4. March those fingers!
  4. Are you fingertips tip-top? Check for a rounded hand shape. Try playing with a duet. Say finger numbers four times with gusto! (See video and download duet)
Fingering is often a matter of using established patterns.

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Finger "warm-ups" get fingers ready for what's to come.

pedagogy pointers

Knowing finger numbers is the first step in getting fingers to move in succession.

Fingering is often a matter of using established patterns, so it's useful to prepare the student to think in that way, and to experience these patterns in the hand before needing to play them on the keyboard.

For most young students, finger independence develops only gradually because it requires finer control of small muscles and joints.

Finger "warm-ups" get fingers ready for what's to come.

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Teaching Video 4

We're off to the Piano Olympics Finger Gymnastics! And these are definitely some winning teams. The energy is high, the fingers are ready to whip through the drills, and finger numbers ring out with cheerleading enthusiasm. The strategy is to balance on the starting finger, then keep your fingers "on the mat" as each flashcard gets the Royal Four treatment.

Sometimes the fingers strut in succession, sometimes they rock from side to side. The drills can be done with or without a music accompaniment. The excitement builds as the speed increases, and goes over the top as the hands play together. Bring out the gold medals. We've got Perfect Tens!

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