In this showcase Randy Faber went through the 2nd editions of levels 3A and 3B. I was a little late getting to this session, but wanted to share a few quotes as I know many of you use Piano Adventures in your studio. Randy mentioned that in the 2nd edition the books are tied in tighter together.
“Use the rotation to get where you are going.”
“Be clear on gestures: Forearm rotation, wrist circles”
“First exaggerate the circles (etc) then trim down.”
“Taller knuckles and duck bill (closed hand) approach as students move into intermediate pieces.”
(Duck bill approach= put hands out, cup them with all fingers and thumb touching. Turn over hand.)
“Finger muscles are not efficient, finger coordination is better. Use 3 sources of power: Arm weight, core- rotation, back muscles. Use the sources of nature.”
“Controlled environments with similarities.”
“Use the books not just simply sight-reading but applying the technique secrets.”
“Smart thinking of decoding is from chunking.”
At the end of the presentation he shared the Piano Adventures will be coming out with a new app soon called Piano Adventures Player app. This app will have the entire midi library built in.