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Friday, 03 September 2021 09:44

A Dozen A Day - Practice The Old Fashioned Way

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Simplicity wins the day! 

Learning to play piano with the right fingers and technique can be compared to learning a new language.  You need to learn how to crawl, then walk before you run.

If you're looking for a simple and fun way to learn to keep time and develop proper finger dexterity, you need to try the A Dozen A Day series, "Technical exercises for the piano to be done each day BEFORE practicing".

A Dozen A Day exercise

Well, the motto is to the point, and so are the little stick figures that accompany you through your 5-Levels of 12 exercises each.  They are very simple to follow, and each module is designed to incorporate elements in music that you'll find in just about any style. 

A Dozen A Day series

I grew up with this series while taking my conservatory classes.  It's nice to see that they're still around today, as I use them extensively with my students over the years.  They call it the "stick figure" book, but what's rewarding are the techniques they learn that stick with them for life.

A Dozen A Day is one of the best 12-step programs out there, and I highly recommend them to anyone who wants to be serious about their piano playing.

 

Sources:

  1. https://www.halleonard.com/product/414222/a-dozen-a-day-preparatory-book
  2. https://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edna_Mae_Burnam
  3. https://www.willispianomusic.com/search/search.action?_c&menuid=14329&seriesfeature=&subsiteid=264

 

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