FREE SAME DAY USA SHIPPING AND HANDLING ON ALL ITEMS
Piano is Easy logo Piano by Number
WALDEN POND PRESS
PO BOX 566 CRUGERS
NY 10521
info@pianoiseasy.com
CALL TOLL FREE 1-800-707-2682
 
 
Welcome to Walden Pond Press Kids Piano Books

Start piano at home with your child

Start with numbers, then read music

Books for Younger Kids______ Books for Older Kids______Books for Adults

 

DEVELOPING CHILDREN'S PIANO FINGER INSTINCTS

If you approach it properly, children actually like fingering. For those who do not know, fingering is the process whereby a certain finger is chosen to play a certain key. It is the secret to playing quickly and accurately.

At first, children are annoyed by fingering, and want to return to the anarchy of playing with any finger at all, which is fine to start with but soon becomes awkward as the complexity of the music increases.

Children quickly see that a clever usage of fingers is easy to accomplish, and as long as the song is simple enough, they are able to keep their fingers in a row, the standard position.

But the truth of professional pianists and fingering is that there are many ways to finger a passage of music.

Learning the concepts of “correct” fingering is merely a jumping off point, for real pianists are forced to devise unusual fingerings of their own, based on the basic principles but often breaking the rules.

Thus once children are familiar with the “rules” (all the fingers in a row) they are ready to start using their brain.

For example, assuming a child can grasp the rules of fingering, it is acceptable for them to use the fingers in a row, any row.

If a child uses the fingers in a row, not just one finger, I praise them even if they are not using the “correct” fingers. Why? Because to use the fingers as a group in ANY configuration shows that the child is becoming aware of both fingering and their fingers.

I offer the alternative of the “correct” fingering, and show it to them, but praise them for being creative and showing initiative.

You would think that kids who are allowed this leeway would become erratic perpetrators of horrible fingering practices, but strangely enough this approach makes them interested in the “science” of fingering, producing better fingering skills because the child is thinking.

And there is another added benefit to this approach: continuity.

Playing the piano involves both painstaking stop-and-go work, and also the opposite approach, where one simply keeps going no matter how many mistakes one makes. There is no other way to learn how to play continuously. If we stop for every little mistake, the child becomes frustrated and bored.

The child learns to be aware of their mistake, but to keep going since a lost fingering is a small matter in the larger scheme of things.

Keep laughing and pointing out their bizarre fingerings, keep showing them the correct position, but don’t be negative or insist on perfection right away.

Allowing the child to experiment with their fingers is the first step in gaining control of the hand, and increases their awareness of their fingers in general.

By John Aschenbrenner Copyright 2010 Walden Pond Press All Rights Reserved

PIANO IS EASY includes a 107 page song book with 44 songs. It is identical to the print version.

PIANO IS EASY DOWNLOAD wcs018DL $9.95 Includes download of printable 120 page illustrated song book with 50 songs in Adobe PDF format plus printable stickers. Identical to the printed version

Click to purchase Piano Is Easy Download

BOOKS

See also: PRESCHOOL PIANO PACKAGE: A selection of books for the youngest kids

See also: CHILDREN'S MULTI BOOK PACKAGE: Includes books for older AND younger children

See also: ADULT PIANO PACKAGE: A selection of books for adult beginners

REFERENCES

See also WHEN IS LEARNING FINGERING NECESSARY

See also EXPLORING CHILDREN'S PIANO FINGERING GAMES USING FAMILIAR SONGS

See also ORIGINS OF THE BLACK PIANO KEYS

See also BRAINS, CHILDREN AND PIANO

See also FINDING A CHILD'S PIANO COMFORT ZONE

See also DISGUISING REPETITION IN KID'S PIANO LESSONS

CLICK HERE TO RETURN TO MAIN ARTICLES PAGE  

Buy one ebook, get one free.

Here's what your piano will look like with the piano key stickers applied.

Kids love piano chords. Try all the types here.

 

Click here for fun interactive kids piano games.

The Piano Is Easy Book Package offers a discount for buying several books at once.

PIANO IS EASY BOOK PACKAGE INCLUDES:

PIANO IS EASY (ISBN # 0-9718936-1-6) Sturdily bound, durable, colorful 120 page illustrated song book with 50 songs such as Jingle Bells and London Bridge, Play Along Audio CD and removable numbered stickers. 

Every book package order of PIANO IS EASY includes a copy of I CAN READ MUSIC. This fun, easy-to-understand music activity book is the best way to start children reading music. Click here for sample pages.

Every book package order of PIANO IS EASY includes a FREE copy of the 56 minute DVD video from TEACH YOURSELF PIANO. This video will have you playing chords (three piano keys played with the left hand) and fun, familiar songs with both hands right away. That's a $16.95 value free!

2 BOOKS,  PLAY ALONG AUDIO CD and DVD 

Click here for a list of songs.    Click here for sample pages.

PIANO IS EASY BOOK PACKAGE $39.95   

 PIANO IS EASY book package includes a 120 page song book with 50 songs and removable stickers, plus a Play Along Audio CD, free DVD and copy of the book  I CAN READ MUSIC.

You can also purchase individual books with CD $24.95

Play Along Audio CDs help the child enjoy making music.

Teaching children the piano involves much more than just reading the notes.

100% money back NO RISK guarantee!

Click here for frequently asked questions.

15 YEARS IN BUSINESS, OVER 500,000 SOLD!

Kids love Piano By Number.

Purchase Piano By Number books via Paypal. 

 

Click here to visit the PIANO IS EASY home page.

Copyright © 2000 - 2014 Walden Pond Press. PO BOX 566 Crugers NY 10521 1-800-707-2682 PIANO BY NUMBER ® is a registered trademark. All rights reserved. PRIVACY POLICY