TEACHING Piano Adventures®

The Escalator

Lesson Book page 23

let's get started

  1. The note names right around the 3-black-keys are F-G-A-B.
  2. Four friends are going up this escalator: fingers 2 and 3 in each hand.
  3. Watch while I give these four friends a smooth ride. (Play the piece and sing the words.)
  4. Let's try it. Each hand has to start moving as soon as it's finished playing in order to keep the ride smooth. (You may want to use your own hand to guide the student's eyes and hand to the next group of 3-black-keys.)
  5. Did your four friends have a smooth ride on the keyboard escalator?
Any finger can play any key.

explore and create

partner pages


p. 11 Finding the Keys

pedagogy pointers

This piece introduces the student to the white keys associated with the 3-black-key groups.

It's easier to divide the F-G-A-B group between the hands, and using fingers 2 and 3 keeps the hands in balance. Hand crossings are also reinforced.

Care has been taken to ensure that the student does not associate the thumb (RH) or fifth finger (LH) with C, F, or G—as in C Position, F Position, or G Position.

The student begins to understand that any key can be played with any finger.

accompaniments on disk

Get the Flash Player to see this player.

see it in action

Teaching Video 22

In order to give his four "friends" a smooth ride, Philip needs to look ahead for the new group, releasing and moving each hand as soon as it's finished playing—a fancy and graceful crossover. And when the pedal is down, the escalator glides right up. No wonder those friends have a good giggle all the way down!

As Philip continues to ride the escalator, his fingers loosen up and his hand position improves. Sometimes you meet your friends right in the middle of the ride—you're going up, they're going down—but there's no stopping the escalator. You can only laugh together when you're finished with the trip.

Ask Yourself

Dial-up users: Click to play with RealPlayer (low quality)