This first book in this series of six books is designed
to develop natural, healthy technique from the very beginning! Students can play with healthy, tension-free movements that produce a beautiful sound while building strong fingers and flexible wrists. Easy step-by-step lesson plan saves valuable lesson time; and every unit ends with a Lesson Day activity. Engaging illustrations and titles help students connect the gesture with the sound.
Students develop healthy, tension-free technique with 4-8 measure exercises mastered on a daily basis. Easy step-by-step lesson plans with daily check-off boxes save valuable lesson time. Engaging illustrations and titles help students connect the gesture with the sound. Helpful technique tips are found throughout the nine units of this 32-page book.
Short, patterned exercises with explicit “how to” tips build technical skills that can be used with all piano methods. Each technical goal is written under the title of each 4-8 measure piece i.e. balance between the hands, weight transfer, flexible wrists, strong fingers, etc. The key signatures of C, G, F and D major appear throughout the book with suggestions for transposition. The appealing art and brevity of each day’s exercise will result in tension-free technique for any student.
Short patterns guide technical development with specific goals in the sub-title such as: free arm, two-note slurs, rotation or balance between the hands. 2B uses larger intervals, ledger lines, cadences, one-octave scales, and more finger crossings. Students read, play and review an exercise (4-8 measures) every day and are encouraged to listen to the sounds they make. Helpful technique tips are found throughout.
The Grizzly Bear Another Grizzly Bear Running in Place Confidence The Long Jump Doing Chin-Ups Blossoming Flower Two in a Rowboat Ready, Set, Go! Looking at the Clouds The Falling Snow Ready, Set, Go Again! Sticky Fingers Climbing Up a Tree with a Friend More Sticky Fingers Doing the Splits A Little Fish Little Ripples Ticking Like a Clock Another Clock Ticking Back and Forth Swirling Cotton Candy 'Round and 'Round Volleyball Game No. 1 The First Yawn The Second Yawn Floating on a Wave Floating on Another Wave Summer Picnic Another Happy Day Marching Along Prankster Relay Race A Butterfly Spreading its Wings Gone Fishing A Robin in Springtime Volleyball Game No. 2 The Carousel The Parade Waiting for the School Bus The Falling Kite Surfing Mini Minuet Seagulls A Racing Boat An Anchored Boat The Singing Cello Irish Dance Higher and Higher Being Stubborn Leaves in the Wind Fiddlin' Around On a Balance Beam The High Jump Chasing a Kite A Colorful Umbrella Playful Chipmunks Bouncing a Ball A Bulldog Going in Circles The Dark Storm Song of the South Crocodile Underwater Shooting Stars A Train in a Tunnel Taking Big Strides Through the Forest