Adult Piano Instruction: Phase two of Rhythmic Rehab in Pentascale practice

These are Five-finger positions pulled from Edna-Mae Burnham’s Dozen a Day but expanded to 32nd notes/legato/staccato. They’re nice springboard warm-ups to scale playing that follows.

I call this lesson segment, PIANO GYM, in part, because of the ENERGY, vitality, and even mental imagery that’s needed to make easy, smooth, and proportioned transitions from one rhythmic value to another. (quarters, 8ths, 16ths, 32nds.) Breathing, of course, is a pivotal ingredient of all practicing.

A good sampling of our REMEDIAL routine plays out in this video:

P.S. A Big Thank You to Marie for being a five-star Rhythmic Rehab CLUB MEMBER!

About arioso7: Shirley Kirsten

International piano teacher by Skype, recording artist, composer, piano finder, freelance writer, film maker, story teller: Grad of the NYC HS of Performing Arts, Oberlin Conservatory, NYU (Master of Arts) Studies with Lillian Freundlich and Ena Bronstein; Master classes with Murray Perahia and Oxana Yablonskaya. Studios in BERKELEY and EL CERRITO, California; Member, Music Teachers Assoc. of California, MTAC; Distance learning and Skyped instruction with supplementary videos: SKYPE ID, shirleypiano1 Contact me at: OR or at FACEBOOK: Shirley Smith Kirsten, /shirley.kirsten TWITTER: Private fund-raising for non-profits as pianist--Public Speaking re: piano teaching and creative approaches
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2 Responses to Adult Piano Instruction: Phase two of Rhythmic Rehab in Pentascale practice

  1. Mark H says:

    Thanks for the post! Enjoy the human metronome aspect going on here 😉 I’ve always held the belief that rhythm is crucial in any genre of music that is being played. It can’t be emphasized enough!


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