Category: Technique and Artistry
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Two Thumbs Up!

Time to head off to the North Pole to check on the toy‐packing and gift‐wrapping. Some young people write letters with lists, and some might even try sending emails. But we’re going to hitch a ride for a little in‐person inspection. And for that we need our thumbs! The thumb is such a useful, important […]

Piano Adventures® Level 2B Technique & Performance Book

Listen to this!

In many places Autumn is the most beautiful season, with colourful leaves creating a kaleidoscope of whirling reds, yellows, rusts, and orange‐browns, each with its own changing nuance as the days and weather shift. Nuance itself is a delicate word, implying subtlety and fine distinctions. And attention to playing with nuance can begin early. Yes, […]

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Level 1: Articulation and the Wrist

An essential concept of Level 1 is beginning articulation, specifically legato and staccato. These terms are so familiar to us as music teachers that we might overlook the importance of these touches in developing technique and musical expression. Perhaps you have noticed that there are no articulation marks at the Primer Level—no slurs and no […]

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Level 2A: Pattern Recognition and Five‐Finger Scales

Pattern Recognition Why are five‐finger positions a necessary part of piano pedagogy? Because our hands have five fingers. So the relevance of five‐finger patterns applies at virtually any level of piano playing. Major and minor five‐finger patterns are taught in Level 2A of Piano Adventures®—after the basics of reading are acquired in the Primer and […]

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Level 2B: The Power of Primary Chords

Perhaps the favorite application of music theory in piano instruction is the teaching of I, IV and V7 chords in that familiar cluster surrounding the root‐position I chord. This aspect of piano pedagogy is a guiding concept for Level 2B of Piano Adventures® and the corresponding ChordTime® Piano series. This simple chord formula is favored […]