Kid’s fingers question

said: Nov 17, 2006
 2 posts

Hi-
Would someone please give me any suggestion for my son’s piano lessons?

My 6 years old son took one semester of group piano lesson (group of 6 kids), now he is taking a private lesson (4 times so far). After all these class, his fingers are still flat, and his thumb is always out of the piano keyboard. The private teacher said it’s not right, but it’s ok, he could still play. I am guessing that my son didn’t get what the teacher’s explanations of how should his fingers play on a piano. A friend of mine told me that maybe the teacher is not the right teacher for my son, go look for another teacher. But I don’t know how to say that to my son, nor do I know how to tell the teacher that we are leaving. I also think maybe my son is just too stubborn, he doesn’t have the talent to play piano; maybe I should not waste our time and money. Should I go ahead and quit my son’s piano lessons?

Thanks for reading my post J

said: Nov 17, 2006
 103 posts

I will not comment on whether you should change teachers. I don’t think you should quit though! Some children’s fingers do not have the fine muscle control at the younger age, and it takes longer to work on the good hand positon.

However that being said, I have recently watched a video clip on another site that you may find helpful as an exercise for preparing a good hand position when practicing with your son. You should be able to access it by the following link.

http://www.pianoteaching.com/myfirst/videoguide.html

Just one moment while I look up the title to the exact video and lecture I’m refering to…

said: Nov 17, 2006
 103 posts

Ok, I found it.

The main one that I was thinking of is called “Sneaky Thumb”.
You should see this title on the Left side. Click on it.
Then You can choose from the Right side, to Watch Randy (the lecture)
or click on Watch Nancy (giving a student a short lesson)

Another one you might want to look at is “Stone on the Mountain”

Keep in mind that this site is advertising their new books, but I think you could still use these little exercises.

Hope this helps.

Gloria said: Nov 22, 2006
 
Suzuki Association Member
Piano
70 posts

I think this is a hard place to be at. Of course no one can help but the teacher. The question, is the teacher doing someting in each lesson to address the flat fingers? Technique doesn’t correct itself. I have had several pransfer students, some of them Suzuki, with low wrists, flat fingers, flying elbows, etc, and it takes time, perseverance, and patience.
Ask your teacher how she plans to take care of those fingers, try to find out if she knows what to do; some teachers are not too clear as to how important it is to have the wrist at a certain level, of the fingers play a certain way,the use of the arm… but it matters a lot. Good luck!

Gloria said: Nov 22, 2006
 
Suzuki Association Member
Piano
70 posts

I think you should post your question in the teachers’ page, you would get more answers.

said: Nov 24, 2006
 2 posts

Greetings!

Thanks for all your advices, they are all very useful! I will be posting my questions to teacher’s forum too.

Bella Huang

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