Lesson 5: Lesson 5: Parallel Motion Walking Up and Down the Stairs

The piece in this exercise is a shortened C major scale. Scales will be a part of every lesson from this point on.

Preparing for the second lesson

By the time we get to this lesson, your child should already be playing the exercise of the previous lesson without any difficulties.

This is an important lesson because it has leap in complexity that is greater than the previous increments.  Parallel motion is more difficult than contrary motion because it is not symmetric: the right pinky is now no longer working with the left pinky, but rather the left thumb. It is important that instruction not be rushed, and that your child be willing to have you touch his fingers during the learning of this piece.  You should be prepared to literally hover over his hands pointing to each pair of left hand/right hand fingers as they are slowly, deliberately, playing the exercise for the first time:


After several days of your involvement, your child should get to the point where he can play it without assistance.

This is the first exercise which your child needn't master before moving onto the very next lesson. We will allow two weeks to master this one, and we will continue reviewing it for many lessons to come.

Make sure the practice chart is set to lesson 5. Practice every day!


Walking Up and Down the Stairs, demo videos

Parallel motion





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