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01 Dec 2017 13:31 #27398 by clayton8203


Tessa is learning Surprise symphony for the butterfly ball and we are not sure of some of the correct fingering. I have attached a video. When she needs to stretch her fingers it gets awkward and I am not sure hot to help her. If there are videos on this we would be happy to watch them.

Thank you,
Sarah Clayton

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03 Dec 2017 10:53 #27425 by hellene
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Hello, Sarah!
I watched video of Tessa and very impressed with her progress. She developed excellent eye-hand and both hands coordination, fine motor skills. Her playing is smooth and shows very good ear for music. I see also her fingers' management on the making.

clayton8203 wrote:
Tessa is learning Surprise symphony for the butterfly ball and we are not sure of some of the correct fingering. I have attached a video. When she needs to stretch her fingers it gets awkward and I am not sure hot to help her. If there are videos on this we would be happy to watch them.

Thank you,
Sarah Clayton


Here is my short article about the fingering with my Method: www.softmozart.com/forum/20-hellene-hine...w-book.html?start=24

Tessa picked all the correct fingering organically. In only one place she can play high Do with pinky and Fa# with index. However, it is not crucial.

With the Method that heavily depend on muscle memory fingering comes first. Our students don't develop bad habits, if they use 'wrong' set of fingers. Our goal is not to fasten fingers to keys, but to play as many piano pieces as possible to develop music mind and freedom to play anything with music notation and without. It seems to me like your child is on the right track.

I am so looking forward to hear her recital on our Butterfly Ball!

What other pieces are you practicing?

BTW, here is the link to our TEACHING VIDEOS: www.softmozart.com/forum/55-teaching-videos.html

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07 Dec 2017 10:12 #27451 by clayton8203
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Thank you, I will see if that is more comfortable to her. She is also still working on French song, and she is playing Jingle Bells, Hot Cross Buns, Ode to joy and she has just really began practicing slumber song. She asks to play something new on almost a daily basis, so she has tried many other songs as well.

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12 Dec 2017 16:29 #27465 by hellene
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clayton8203 wrote: Thank you, I will see if that is more comfortable to her.


Tell me now! How is it?

She is also still working on French song, and she is playing Jingle Bells, Hot Cross Buns, Ode to joy and she has just really began practicing slumber song.

5 buyyetflies are almost there! ;)

She asks to play something new on almost a daily basis, so she has tried many other songs as well.


It is exactly what we need for the winter recital! Quantity (not quality) to combat perfectionism.

She can play as many pieces as she wants and will receive a butterfly for each.

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