My daughter broke her finger right in the middle of a very promising year of piano lessons. It was the right index finger of all things! After sitting through her first lesson of playing with her left hand only, I sat down at the piano and this delightful song began to distill upon the keys.
So here it is, the sonatina that completely avoids the right index finger! It sits well in the hands, so it isn’t as tricky as it looks. Movement III is our favorite! (see below for a preview)
PS: Don’t forget your finger brace!
(they cost $2 or so at Walmart, so you can learn this piece without having to break your finger!)
Sonatina For a Broken Finger – PDF
God Moves in a Mysterious Way PDF
I saw this YouTube video of a woman who’s life was torn apart by a devastating tornado. She quoted this hymn and it resonated in my soul. But in my mind, the music needed to move like the wind during a storm…ebbing and flowing. When I sat down at the piano with the words of this hymn, this mysterious melody moaned over the keys.
This project excited me as soon as I had the idea. I wanted to give my small children and piano students the gift of being able to play some of their favorite primary songs easily. I taught them three root notes of basic chords in the key of C Major (C F G). To help them to later be able to transpose into any key, I referred to the chords as I, IV, and V.
I was pleased that so many songs in the Primary Children’s Songbook were so adaptable to these three chords. Forty pages of songs! And they can play them all!
We also used these in home evening to add novice players on an auto harp, guitar, ukulele, hand bells, piano, and toy xylophone. Oh how the joy resonated in our family while we played and sang these beautiful songs together!
I hope they bring you lots of joy too.
>> Primary Song Lead Sheets <<
The majority of this adaptation is played with the right hand. LH thumb is on D, RH thumb is on E.
Finger 2 in the right hand plays F#.
This is the original key, and may be accompanied by the version in the songbook.
Book of Mormon Stories
Book of Mormon Stories w note names
This song skips between hands frequently. However, many children overcome that challenge just because they are so excited to learn this particular song. This one is best learned one hand at a time, with the teacher/parent playing the other hand.
LH thumb on F, RH thumb on G. Be sure to prepare for the B flats at the beginning!
Jesus Wants Me For A Sunbeam
Jesus Wants Me For A Sunbeam w note names
LH thumb on G, RH thumb on A. Watch for the accidentals!
If You Chance to Meet a Frown
This song has tricky timing. Rather than trying to explain the rhythm to a beginner, it is better to teach them to sing it (with syncopation) and the rhythm will just happen naturally. Remember, the focus with these songs is to help them quickly learn familiar songs and fuel their excitement about playing the piano.
LH thumb is on F, and RH thumb is on G. The majority of the playing is done by the RH in this piece.
We Are Different
We Are Different w note names
This one is a little trickier, but is a great one for the beginner who has just learned about skips.
LH thumb on G, RH thumb on A
Hinges w note names
This repetitive song will really happen fast for your beginner.
The hand position places the LH thumb on A, and the RH thumb on B
Be sure to have a quick lesson about what sharp means (the black note just above!)
Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes
Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes w note names