Today was Rina’s 11th piano lesson. To date we’ve identified and played the seven notes of the musical alphabet using fingers, 2, 3, and 4 of each hand in various registers.
Our follow-up practice focused on how to produce a singing tone in non legato (dropping individual notes one finger at a time) without yet connecting them. The springboard philosophy of Book One, Tales of a Musical Journey, embraces detached note-by-note exploration initially using fingers 2 and 3, and later engaging 4 to encourage the fundamental, relaxed arch. “Long sounds” of half note value are recommended so the hand position and supple wrist motion are carefully nurtured.
At Rina’s previous lesson, I had introduced the fourth finger, so today we put it in the spotlight alongside a lovely necklace bearing a sparkling treble clef that I was touched to receive. Rina’s recent journey to Texas brought this gem of a musical charm.
A brief excerpt from Rina’s lesson: