If you have been following my blog, you know about my new series of short piano teaching pieces that feature letters of the alphabet. Let’s face it, some students need more music than is in their method books. Click on the links to read about E is for Elephant, The Doughnut Mystery, Pat the Cat’s Patting Song, and Notey Notes flash cards (to help read by intervals).
Before you show this to your student, ask if he knows what kind of shoes that start with F that frogs wear. Mine guessed “flip-flops” right away, maybe because I wear them all the time!
I plan to use this with the right hand thumb on F and then switch around to several fingers. But then I got to thinking that many teachers have perfectly valid reasons to use a 4 or any other finger on F. So I added a small box instead, and guess what, you can add your own fingering!
Then I started thinking why more method books don’t leave fingering out of beginning books and let us add our own. I know a lot of teachers cross out fingering, but why not a beginning method book that “suggests” fingerings, but leaves it up to the teacher? What do you think?
If you prefer middle C position and you don’t like the fingering in my music, cross it out and add your own. I also think that most piano teachers outside of North America use middle C position, but I have no firm facts to back that up.