Which Finger do I Use? by Robin Brown (for the musically minded)

 

Which finger do I use?

 

Answer:  Any finger you like!

 

Fretting about which fingers to use may distract from having fun, or put some children off because it seems too difficult.  At the beginning, there is a lot to learn and understand, and if a child feels overwhelmed, he/she will decide he doesn’t like playing the piano and not try again.

 

A young child should first master the concept of following the colours.  Let him/her try out all the songs in any order he chooses.  Let him/her have the joy of hearing a tune that he played himself.

 

There is no fixed “correct” fingering.  In fact, for a young child, I wouldn’t bother at all, as I believe there is merit in letting a child experiment and figure it out for himself.  A look through our videos will show you a young child using all the “wrong” fingers and technique, but later videos show they are not a handicap.  What would  be a handicap is thinking it’s too difficult, causing a child not to try at all, or to give up too soon.

 

So remember, for a young child, it’s all about  HAVING FUN  and  CAPTURING HIS INTEREST.   Once he/she is comfortable playing several tunes, you can at the very most gently suggest he uses all his fingers rather than just one.

 

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