TEACHING Piano Adventures®

Two Blackbirds

Lesson Book page 7

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  1. Put your RH fingertips together, like a bubble. Touch all the 2-black-keys starting in the middle and going higher.
  2. These two blackbirds are going to fly up the keyboard, moving higher to the sky.
  3. Use RH fingers 2-3. (Try 2-3-together on the music rack or fallboard.)
  4. Let's play this pattern on each group of 2-black-keys going up the keyboard. (Begin in the middle)
  5. Make sure your hand floats up to the next group of 2-black-keys.
A creative change can transform drill into a musical experience.

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The student needs to internalize the feel of the physical gesture.

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pp. 4-5 Five Secrets for Piano Technique

pedagogy pointers

Now the right hand gets a chance to play a piece that moves up the keyboard. Similar offstaff notation shows directional reading that moves up the page. The fingering and rhythm patterns are the same as in the previous piece, making it easy for the student to focus on the single new concept—up the keyboard.

Take the necessary time to establish an easy wrist-arm-shoulder connection right at the start because it's the key to a fluid technique. Some children do this naturally. Others need specific physical guidance and time to judge for themselves whether they are moving gracefully from octave to octave.

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see it in action

Teaching Video 7

These birds visit the 2-black-key groups going up the keyboard. The birds also need to learn to fly gracefully from group to group. The trick is to have a loose wrist that lifts the hand and arm to the next octave. With a magic "whoosh" Patrick sees these birds turn into snowflakes! The experience moving up the keyboard is the same, but the mood has changed. And a lovely original snowfall is the musical finish to what began as a technical workout. Magic, indeed! (Download duet)

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