how kids learn to play a video game very quickly?
hard, because they are constantly refining their skills at the game.
kids to video games, and other favorite toys?
the fact that the game is THEIRS. Mom and Dad can't play Super Mario.
There is a world that a child inhabits when they play with a
favorite toy. You can safely leave them alone because they are so happily
absorbed in their construction and imagination.
this apply to the piano and children?
to me that above description of a child playing with a toy is exactly the
same as I feel when playing the piano. I recognize that I am a
professional with many accomplishments and awards, but still I feel like a
child at play, excited to try one thing and another, moving happily and
quickly from one new idea to the next.
playing the piano isn't work, but rather an intellectual and physical
amusement. Like a video game, one wants to repeat songs at the piano
because it is interesting.
piano, the video game is easy to get the hang of. Were that not true, they
would not sell a lot of video games. So the piano suffers the disadvantage
that it is inherently complex on many levels.
are aspects of the piano that can be approached quite successfully on a
simpler level, and can be appreciated even by the youngest child.
This is the
level of familiar songs, played with the index finger if necessary. This
is the level of counting games and other piano games, which give the child
experience with the elements of the piano without overburdening them with
some examples of play versus work, and how you can substitute them and
achieve the same results without resistance.
rhythm on the page, first teach counting games that kids play on the
note reading, try teaching the child a song by eye. Just show them a bit
of a song, and move their fingers to the correct notes, again and again.
Make the section you teach very short and familiar. Perhaps the first six
notes of the Star Spangled Banner. Children soon get the idea because it
is visual, not cerebral, or page-related.
fingering, first play finger games. For example, ask them to close their
eyes and then you call out a finger for them to wiggle. You'd be
surprised how many kids have never thought about the mental connection to
hand position, start them playing anything that uses the first three
fingers of the right hand. Use them like a mini-basketball team. The place
a quarter (a coin) on the back of their hand and get them to play the same
three keys with those three fingers. Their hand position will improve
about 95% in two seconds.
rule of transparent piano teaching is to show, don't tell. Today's
kids are accustomed to a high volume of information, and will be bored by
talk unless it leads immediately to something physical and fun.