- Paperback: 40 pages
- Publisher: Willis Music; English Language edition (July 1, 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0877180202
- ISBN-13: 978-0877180203
- Product Dimensions: 11 x 0.1 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 136 g
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Teaching Little Fingers to Play: A Book for the Earliest Beginner (John Thompsons Modern Course for The Piano) Paperback – 1 July 2005
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No matter how hard I tried to teach notes with the "finger position" methods i always got that question.
Thompson avoids that nonsense all together with a firm knowledge of notes.
I use the Schaum Pre A "Green Book" for supplementary music. It also uses the note system from the beginning so it doesn't confuse the student.
I also like the audio included with each piece in 2 different tempos. It helps the student learn to play along with the background music and stay in rhythm when they practice without you at home and also work towards a goal of playing the upper tempo.
I usually move the student to the next lesson when they can confidently play the current one at the slower tempo. As the begin the new lesson, they continue to play the previous one until they can confidently play it at the upper tempo.
Remember to have them play all the earlier lessons! They love playing music they know and it helps them gain fluidity in playing as well as teaching them to transpose by having them change hand position to play an old song in a new key.
Hand position is not a bad thing when teaching transposition especially if you have them play the 5-finger scale of each new piece.
The songs in the book rarely go out of a 5-finger hand position so starting transposition is easy and makes it so simple when the move into the First Grade Book.
And for Heaven's Sake! Avoid that "Teaching Little Fingers To Play More" book like the plague that it is! It is NOT written by Thompson.
There is a Schaum book that is great if your student needs a little more confidence before moving into the First Grade Thompson.
If the teacher moves carefully and spends enough time working hands separately at first, the First Grade Book holds no terrors.