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 <<
Left thumb on A, Right thumb on B, with attention to fingers on F# and C#.
Don’t let the accidentals scare you! Beginners can play them just as well, especially because the hand position allows each finger to have the same note throughout the song. Give it a try. You’ll be surprised.
Do As I’m Doing
Do As I’m Doing w note names
This Primary song has been adapted to the key of C and simplified for the use of two hands playing the melody collectively. Left thumb on E and Right thumb on F. This is to facilitate the ease of reading a familiar melody.
Beautiful Savior (C)
Beautiful Savior (C) w note names
Another Primary song adapted for my beginner students. Treble clef. Adapted Middle C position.
To see my explanation WHY I use adapted Middle C position, see THIS POST.
Stand for the Right – Big Note w note names