My student Amelia was having a little trouble following the rhythm in this piece which is at the beginning of the Piano Safari book.
She was doing something many students have a tendency to in the beginning: playing repeated notes more quickly than other notes. I believe they do this because these parts are “easy”, and so they rush through them.
I started by making sure that she could identify which notes were actually longer (ta-2) and then we played the piece in unison.
This is just one simple way to improve rhythm for beginners, and I have many other tricks up my sleeve, but this playing side by side is surprisingly effective. Plus it means the teacher spends less time talking and allows the student to feel the music.
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