Create ease, Approaching 1st lesson

For parents, no need for tension

Success on anything we teach depends on preparation. When a young child comes forward for his or her first piano lesson, the success in that lesson depends on everything that happened before. If the student has been surrounded by good music, including the Suzuki repertoire, has watched other children having lessons, has developed his inner desire by attending student recitals and group lessons, then when he is ready to receive his first lesson, it will be a successful experience. All the preparation period guarantees success. Success means that the student will accomplish something in the lesson and feel good about his or her accomplishment. Then he is ready to proceed to the next step with a a sense of joy and confidence.

How to banish tension from playing

"Pianists must train themselves to take their fingers with them when the play broken chord patterns. Rather than keeping a prepared position and stretching to cover simultaneously all the keys used in a broken chord, it is better to play one key and then move to the next, releasing the extended position of the previous finger as soon as the following one is played.   Avoidance of useless stretching or twisting in order to keep fingers over keys that need no longer be down, eliminates tension. If repeated chords are played with fingertips moving in slightly, assisted by a small forward up movement of the wrist or forearm when appropriate, it eliminates tension".    -Blanche Abrahm