TEACHING Piano Adventures®

Best Friends

Lesson Book page 35

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  1. Play your LH thumb on C. Now change to finger 2, then 3.
  2. Play your RH thumb on C. Change to finger 2, then 3.
  3. Check the piece. Which fingers should play C and G? You're ready!
  4. Since your hands are best friends, this time they'll share playing C-G. Put your hands in your lap. Find the starting keys. Good! Let's try it again. (Repeat until automatic.)
  5. How should we play the first line, loud or soft? What about the second line?
Any finger can play on any key!

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partner pages


p. 21 Middle C and Treble G


p. 12 Chimes

pedagogy pointers

Here both hands share in playing harmonic and melodic fifths. Once again, the student should be reminded that any fingers, in either hand, could play these notes. But no matter which fingers play, the hand must be round, the fingers firm, and the shoulders relaxed.

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Teaching Video 34

Testing out several fingerings before playing the piece shows Patrick that any fingers can play these keys. Using the third fingers, though, makes it easy to drop into the keys with arm weight.

During the first read-through, his eyes stay on the music. He trusts his hands even when he makes a tiny mistake! And the words matter, as Patrick shows. It doesn't take long to achieve a steady performance, complete with an echo.

You can see those wheels turning when he gets to choose his own fingering. Wouldn't you know it would be the pinkies!

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