Beginning Piano

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Beginning Piano

  1. 1. Beginning Piano Posture Hand Position Finger Numbers
  2. 2. How to Sit at the Piano <ul><li>Sit tall! </li></ul><ul><li>Lean slightly forward. </li></ul><ul><li>Arms hang loosely from shoulders. </li></ul><ul><li>Elbows slightly higher than keys. </li></ul>
  3. 3. How to Sit at the Piano <ul><li>Sit facing piano squarely. </li></ul><ul><li>Knees slightly under keyboard. </li></ul><ul><li>Feet flat on floor. </li></ul><ul><li>Right foot may be slightly forward. </li></ul>
  4. 4. Good Posture
  5. 5. Think of three middles… <ul><li>You are sitting in the middle of the bench. </li></ul><ul><li>Your bench is in the middle of the piano. </li></ul><ul><li>Your rear is in the middle of the bench. </li></ul>
  6. 7. Hand Position <ul><li>Curve your fingers. </li></ul><ul><li>Pretend you have a bubble in you hand. </li></ul><ul><li>Hold the bubble gently, so it doesn’t break! </li></ul><ul><li>Play with the tips of your fingers. </li></ul>
  7. 8. Like this…
  8. 9. …or this…
  9. 10. NOT THIS…
  10. 11. …NOT THIS…
  11. 12. …NOT THIS!
  12. 13. Finger Numbers <ul><li>Each finger has a number, starting with the thumb. </li></ul><ul><li>The thumb is the first finger of each hand. </li></ul><ul><li>Work from the middle out. </li></ul>
  13. 14. Here is an example of piano finger numbers.
  14. 15. Here is another example.
  15. 16. A note about finger numbers… <ul><li>Finger numbers help us know which finger to use. </li></ul><ul><li>Finger numbers help us find the correct hand position. </li></ul>
  16. 17. More about finger numbers <ul><li>Finger numbers should not be used as a playing method. </li></ul><ul><li>Finger numbers and notes will not always be the same. </li></ul>
  17. 18. Finger numbers are tool. DO NOT USE FINGER NUMBERS TO LEARN THE MUSIC!
  18. 19. Do not play piano like this cat…

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