The ‘Hokey Pokey’ Piano Hand: Finger Development Sequence
The ‘Hokey Pokey’ Piano Hand has three fingers, one thumb and one pinky. This finger development sequence establishes the placement of the thumb on a piano key by moving the arm‘in’ – toward the fallboard, thereby placing the thumb near the corner of a black key. The pinky, on the other hand, is ‘out’ – toward the edge of the key. This exaggerated motion instills a sense of using the arm to produce a sound rather than pushing down a note with the finger.
Ten Finger Solos
- Choo-Choo Train: uses only the Thumb and the Pinky to promote the use of the forearm. The thumb placement is In (toward the fall board) and the pinky placement is Out (toward the piano bench.) Stickers on the keys for Thumb placement In and Pinky placement Out help students learn how use use their arm when playing notes.
- Taxi Cab: introduction of fingers 2, 3 and 4 as clusters plus the IN and OUT forearm motion when playing the Thumb and the Pinky.
- Shining Star: introduction of finger 3. Finger 3 is placed in the ‘middle’ of the piano key and also serves as the midpoint for fingers when playing in contrary motion.
- Marching Band: fingers 2 and 4 are added and all five fingers play.
- Flags on Parade: the fifth is introduced along with a ‘push-off’ with finger 3.
- Ode to Joy: the first Five-Note song that again reinforces all five fingers. This song is further developed in SightPlay Solutions and PentaScale Solutions: a) contrary motion with LH playing certain notes, b) parallel motion, 3) harmonization with LH dominant stretch/RH melody, and 4) harmonization with RH dominant stretch with LH melody.
- Bought Me A Cat: a five note song that uses contrary motion as well plus serving as a fun ensemble piece. The LH Open Fifth accompaniment pattern is a prelude to the LH Stretch pattern that follows in the next level with Ode to Joy.