Finger Drills: Piano Basics

Sylvia's Studio
Grade Levels
Not Grade Specific
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Sylvia's Studio


This Finger Drills worksheet is excellent for absolute beginner pianists.

Ideal for students who may not yet be ready to read music, but need some time to practise rhythms, reinforce finger numbers, hand position, and technique.

I have used countless variations of these drills as part of my "First Lesson" kit for over ten years, with students of all ages from kindy aged to adults. This clean, minimalist worksheet is simple and clear - no more using children's piano books for your adult beginner students!

Recommended use:
Best taught in conjunction with C Position (either or both hands), basic hand shape, and Piano Finger Numbers 1-5

- Choose the rhythm you'll play first.
- Start with right hand in C position (thumb on middle C), and play the rhythm in full on Finger Number 1 on C. Then repeat the rhythm again but this time on Finger Number 2 on D. Ascend all the way up to Finger 5 on G, and for an added challenge, descend back down to Finger Number 1 on C.
- Students can repeat this for all the rhythms, in right or left hands, and of course hands together (when they're ready).

- For extension, students can improvise or write out their own four beat rhythmic pattern to play on each finger. Remember to reinforce technique and hand shape as the student progresses.

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Total Pages
1 page
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
30 minutes
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