Musicality, Pedaling, Technique

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Getting the Humpty “Swing”

I have one student who is really struggling to get the “swing” feel for Alma Mater Blues and also Rocking Honey. It seems for some it comes so naturally, and for others, it’s a huge effort. We verbalise the “here’s humpty dumpty”, we clap the…

Challenges with 3 note Chord

Greetings – I’ve got a 7 yr old student who is in week 12 or so of lessons, half way through Foundation 1, who has extreme difficulty playing finger 3 of a 3 note chord. He usually only plays a 2 note chord with finger…

Slowing Down Students

What creative ways do you use to get students to slow down? I don’t know any creative ways, I just resort to tapping a slow beat, and getting them to play along to the audio slow version. I wonder if it is a stage they…

Teaching Pedal Online

Has anyone taught The Pedal on line? How did you do it? I have several students ready for this mini project and I don’t know if it can work? Do you have the TWS Program on Using the Pedal? If not, I highly recommend it.…

Chord Fingers Bending

One of my students is struggling with playing chords because her fingers are doing what you see in the photos. Can anyone help me know what is going on? Are there any exercises or things we can do to help her? Have her hold a…

MAC Pedal Training

I think I remember Neil mentioning that there’s a pedal training video in the MAC program. Does anyone know how to find this? I’m trying to figure out the best way to teach pedaling in online lessons, so I’d welcome your ideas. Thanks! I have…

Chord Fingering

What about fingering for chords? Sometimes my new students want to play the basic chords with 1, 2, and 5 instead of 1, 3, and 5. I have been trying to get them to do 1, 3, and 5… But maybe it doesn’t matter. Marsha,…

Alternate Greensleeves Fingering

An 8-year-old student came up with an alternate fingering for Greensleeves that I thought was both insightful and helpful for kids with small hands, and I told her I was going to share it here, and that Neil Moore might even see it. In the…

Stool for Young Students

Those of you who teach very young children (age 5-6), do you use a special kind of stool for them that is different from what older students or adults use? I have 2 piano stools, the one I use for very little children is a…

Pedaling Dark Blue

Advice for pedal use on Dark Blue? Just keep it down, or use your ear to know when to clear it? Or open to player’s interpretation? Every time the LH plays is a good time to pedal on Dark Blue. Have you purchased the “Using…