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Teaching Little Fingers to Play: Disney Tunes
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190 of 191 people found the following review helpful
on December 27, 2011
I haven't seen anyone else list a table of contents, so here goes...

Can You Feel The Love Tonight
Candle On The Water
God Help The Outcasts
Kiss The Girl
Mickey Mouse March
The Bare Necessities
The Siamese Cat Song
Winnie The Pooh
You'll Be In My Heart (Pop Version)
Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICEon September 21, 2011
My kids(5&7) are up and coming pianists. They love to mess around with the piano on their own at different times of the day. They enjoy a few of the songs in this book.

We use several different teaching books including the Teaching Little Fingers to Play- beginning course. But they don't want to just learn music, they want to play music, the real stuff- ASAP! That's the way I learned: pure desire.

I do spend time going over basic music skills, theory and easy finger exercises; however, the bulk of our time and their practice is learning songs. It's mostly rote and ear, but they love to play the catchy, memorable, to them, songs until they have perfected them. Then they show them off to others. They're eager to do this without me urging them on or grinding the lessons into their easily distracted minds- so, I'm running with it, and trying to find music that appeals to them.

There's only a few songs in this book, and the only ones they like are The Siamese Cats, Kiss the Girl and somewhat, Winnie the Pooh. The rest of the songs are too boring for them or a bit obscure.

They include teacher accompaniments and some finger numbering. The songs sound OK and with repeated practice the children get them down fairly quickly. Each child is different and learns as such.

I pencil the ivories with numbers and notes; play the song for them, suggesting fingerings, and let them go- helping them when they ask or when they're in the mood, leaving them alone when they want private time with the instrument.

An updated book with more popular songs sure would be great!
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
on July 30, 2008
This isn't really for beginners, but it is a fun addition to our piana library.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on January 7, 2013
This is a great collection of songs for beginning piano students. They are all centered around middle C, and they progress well in difficulty (never particularly taxing, but the students definitely learn from going through the book). I often use this either on its own, or in coordination with a method book (I like the Piano Adventures series - this would go well after the prep book and before level 1). The students do need to be able to read the notes for middle C position (though the fingerings provided would also serve as a crutch). It's the easiest of the Disney song collections that I use regularly, and students love it.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on December 21, 2009
I like this book because it is easy for beginners but also has songs that my daughter can recognize. This book is a great motivator because she is playing music she likes.
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on December 2, 2009
I purchased this piano book for my 8 year old grandson who is just learning to play. He was doing well, but when he got this book everything seemed to click for him. The method that is used is just great and he caught on to concepts that he was struggling with when using the other piano book. I would highly recommend this for anyone that age who is learning to play the piano.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on April 28, 2011
As a music teacher, I have been teaching my young granddaughter to play the piano. When she asked me to find her some Disney songs to play, I thought it might be impossible to find them for her level. These arrangements were perfect for her, and she has been enjoying playing them. Thanks to Amazon for such prompt service.
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16 of 21 people found the following review helpful
on December 13, 2010
I haven't gotten very far in this book with my 5 year old. The beginning piano lessons so far have been okay, but the notation lessons they leave you completely on your own, and it even says, use your own method to teach...(this, for example, quarter note, half note, etc.) I needed something that would help me teach my daughter and this just isn't complete. I'm also not sure how they start off having you learn to number your fingers and then immediately switch to learning the notes you're playing, seems like for little kids it would be easier to concentrate on one or the other, but again, I'm not an experienced teacher, so I can't fairly say.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on December 11, 2012
I can kind of play the piano/keyboard. I can read music and played the flute in high school. This was very hard for me to figure out and I could not teach my daughter at all. Maybe she is too little?? Maybe I am??? Maybe I need to be a piano teacher, probably the last one. Not for the lay person!
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14 of 20 people found the following review helpful
on November 27, 2009
This book is not worth the paper it is written on. Nothing to it. More for the teacher to play than the student and very disorganized. Quite a confusing book and my poor kids!!!!!! I have many other Disney books that are much better. The price was attractive but not worth it!! EASY--NO! CONFUSING--YES! Glad I only ordered one!
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