Consider what a beginning piano student needs to know. Along with learning how to read music, they must learn good habits in playing the piano from the very beginning. This involves two things: the proper touch and training the muscles.
At the most basic level playing the piano consists of playing intervals-–going from one note to the next-–with the most logical fingerings. The best way to achieve this, on any level, is to begin with exercises in two-note patterns with all possible fingerings.
This is why Piano Games 1 is so effective for the beginning student.
By focusing on one activity at a time, and with the help of the teacher, the student will learn in great detail the motions used in depressing and releasing the keys. This will properly develop the arm muscles used in playing the piano. The fingers will then gradually develop strength, control, and the ability to play evenly. Good habits will be formed.
The book then continues logically with exercises in patterns of three, four, and five notes. Later chapters are devoted to training the thumb to play under the hand, broken triads, and more five-finger exercises.
This book has been written for persons of any age who are just beginning their piano studies. Practice time for the entire book is twenty minutes in a moderate tempo.
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