Establishing a natural, curved, strong, and flexible hand position is the basis of keyboard technique. Playing with a braced third finger is an effective approach. Both arch and fingertip are supported. Using a non-legato touch at the beginning helps direct the arm weight from the shoulder. “The Pecking Rooster” and “The Pecking Hen” explore the entire keyboard range while teaching higher up to the right and lower down to the left. Olivia’s hen and rooster release each “peck,” keeping her wrists loose. Different accompaniments encourage steady rhythm in a musical context. This is one musical barnyard! From Piano Adventures Primer Level, Lesson Book, pages 8 and 9.