The student in this video is very bright, and quick to catch on to new concepts, however she struggled in the beginning with technique. She naturally played with a lot of tension which we have been working to alleviate.
The Lion Paw exercise from Piano Safari is perfect for working on this issue. It all starts with getting that relaxed arm weight.
In this video you’ll also see us work on Zechariah Zebra on the piano lid. My student’s hand shape is not perfect at this stage, but we are slowly working on transferring the feeling from the Lion Paw into different fingers and contexts so I’m not being too fussy at this point.
As she gets more comfortable with the rhythm and the other movements, I will gradually work to correct her hand shape and then bring the exercise onto the piano keys.
What are quick clips?
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