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Re: [HD] Question for HD Teachers

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Subject: Re: [HD] Question for HD Teachers
From: Bob Kamen <r3k@tampabay.rr.com>
Date: Wed, 05 May 2010 17:48:20 -0400
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I, for one, suggest you do things her way. I see no reason for following a left/right way either. I certainly prefer to play by ear myself despite a graduate degree in music. The way to play faster is to play a lot.

Bob

At 01:59 PM 5/5/2010, you wrote:
I have an 8-year-old student who is passionate about the HD, has a remarkable ear for music and ability to learn by ear, and sees no reason to follow my left/right hammer suggestions on her music. I don't want to kill her love for playing, but she could be playing much more efficiently and accurately. She's been taking lessons for almost 9 months now and has had 3 years of Suzuki piano before this and has quite a bit of memorized repertoire already. She can read music, but prefers to play by ear.

Does anyone have any suggestions for how to inspire a student to realize things like playing a D-major chord starting with the left hand and playing two notes on either side of the treble bridge is a reasonable way to learn to play faster?

I have contacted the parents to see what their expectations are (and am waiting to hear back) because I feel she is just playing now and not really practicing.

Any suggestions (including any suggestions to modify my expectations) would be greatly appreciated.

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