More Super Skills for Piano Students
We’re back with more of our super skills for our super piano students! These next three skills build on the first three in our Super Skills packet, which we posted about here. All these practice drills help develop key piano skills for students of all ages – so let’s dive right in!
Super Skill Number Four: Learning 16th notes with our 5 finger patterns!
This is where we start to move past simply reviewing and practicing our 5 five finger patterns, and begin building new skills on top of our foundation. What we want to do here is simply use what we learned before to establish a nice 4-to-1 ratio with our quarter notes and 16th notes. So one hand plays the quarter notes, and the other the 16th notes. This is one is sounds a lot more complicated than it is! It’s actually pretty simple when you get the hang of it, and it’s fun to practice. Which is good, because it’s key skill for piano students to master!
Number Five: Ping Pong!
This skills continues with building on our 5 five finger patterns! For this skill, it’s really important to make sure the arms are relaxed and free of tension. You want your fingers to be “floaty” – as in, you want a light enough touch that the keys “bounce” themselves and your fingers back into place after you play them. This is also a really fun skill for piano students to practice; it almost feels like your hands are dancing to the music they’re creating.
Last But Not Least, Super Skill Number Six: Steps vs Skips
Here it starts to get a little more complex. But when you break it down it shouldn’t be too tricky. It’s sort of like patting your head while rubbing your tummy; it just takes a little practice! Your right hand is going to move in steps by eighth notes, while your left hand moves in skips by quarter notes. You can use legato or detached touch for practicing steps versus skips, both work just fine. When you’re practicing this skill, you have a five finger movement moving against a broken chord. That’s a pretty common accompaniment to encounter, so this is a great skill for piano students to spend time on!