So i recently starte

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So i recently started teaching a 13 year old who has played the piano for around 5 years. She is in the 3A faber piano adventures book. She is definitely gifted, as she memorizes everything, especially the melody. But that's the problem, she complains and complains about how she hates the left hand part of every song. She also is isn't very dilligent with her practicing. I'm not sure what to do to help her improve. Should I find an exercise to help her learn the base clef? If so, does anyone have any suggestions? Thanks!!
Last edited in 2017-06-20 00:12


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  • Carolina

    I learned classical piano at 18. What worked for me was a piano because it builds muscle memory like in and physical sporting activity. If she really wants to play piano and you want her to as well I'd suggest that. If she's serious about playing she'll need at the minimum a weighted key keyboard at home. Since she has a good memory I can give you the scale fingering for C major in two octaves and see if she runs with it. A weighted key keyboard or a piano is the best way to take off. If she takes off with the C major scale let me know and I can give you further suggestions on what's next if you'd like

    20th June, 2017

  • Walter

    A method I used even for myself is to practice each had separately. For me memorizing the left hand is easier because usually in follows some form of chord progression. Recognizing which cord is being played allows you to in many cases predict what is coming next. Most student books follow the I-IV-V and often toss in a V7 thus resolving to the "I". Good Luck! Bill

    20th June, 2017

  • PeterX

    She sounds like a typical teenager! The best way is exercises to build up the finger dexterity, but if she won't try, then you can't force her. Maybe some simple rock, blues, or jazz patterns? Or, maybe teaming with the parents to have them help her work through her practice.

    20th June, 2017

  • Julie

    You could let her pick a song she really loves and make part of her practice learning to play that song, if you make it interesting for her and not all "work", as most students see practice, she might rise to the occasion and learn to use her left hand. I am 65 y.o. and have been playing piano for 10 months and started learning with "Hallelujah" by Leonard Cohen and have moved on to "Stairway to Heaven" by Led Zepplin. Believe me if I were to follow a strict teaching method it wouldn't have worked. I have posted a video if you're interested in seeing my progress. This piano is in atrocious condition but I'm pressing on. Good luck with your student.

    20th June, 2017

  • MrBillSTL

    Hello, Its normal, most people find it difficult to use left hand while playing a piano. Inorder to help her improve you can give her some standard patterns to practice. Hope this can help her to play more easily.

    20th June, 2017

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