A Twofer!

March is “madness” time—at least for basketball fans. We can imitate the idea of a basketball dribble at the piano. By bracing finger 3 with the thumb a student can confidently bounce his/her own “basketball” up and down the keys. As the coach, our young player is “in training” for firm fingertips and a flexible wrist. Let’s go pro! Take away the thumb and pick up the speed. We can use the bounce of arm weight to create forward motion through the repeated notes. Feel the rhythmic rebound of the entire hand. Think two-for-one! Watch Dr. Faber coach and “play basketball” at the keyboard—whether it be an early-elementary C scale dribble or a chromatic sequence from Rhapsody in Blue.

10 Responses to “A Twofer!”

  1. Joyce March 6, 2018 at 9:15 am #

    Thank you!!!

  2. Karla Shotts, Battle Creek MI March 6, 2018 at 9:46 am #

    Thank you for this important and simple demonstration. My students love your songs, Randy & Nancy 🎹

  3. Heidi Neal March 6, 2018 at 10:53 am #

    I love seeing your application of this concept for multiple levels!

  4. Karen March 6, 2018 at 11:14 am #

    Very well explained! Thank-you!

  5. Jeannie Niokos March 6, 2018 at 11:55 am #

    It’s fantastic to see that actual creators of the book, present the material.
    I’ve been using your books for years. Much success in future endeavours.

  6. Phyllis Twedt March 6, 2018 at 1:19 pm #

    I so appreciate your little videos! They’re a good reminder of things I sometimes forget to do with my students. And we can come back and do these same technical exercises anytime, even if a couple years have gone by.

  7. Esther Jones March 12, 2018 at 1:50 pm #

    Love the idea of “two notes for the price of one” with the bounce motion. Another great reminder that piano is also a percussion instrument.

  8. Louise Frye March 13, 2018 at 1:29 pm #

    Louise Frye
    March 13 2018 at 10:28 am
    Thank you for such a great demonstration of how to obtain the proper technique for arm weight.

  9. Karen March 17, 2018 at 12:36 am #

    Thank you! I love being able to see the demonstration.

  10. Adella Nowowieski April 19, 2018 at 2:52 pm #

    This comment is being redone due to an error with the captcha response. Originally, I was expressing my thanks for the clarity and directness of all your comments; loved the idea of “two for the price of one”also. I look forward to your own comments and responses in the needs of young children to become better in their use of the piano keyboard; expressiveness has a foundation in yours and Nancy’s work. Thank you!