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#942919 - 11/10/04 07:20 AM Warm Up Exercises for a 10 Year Old
Tom--K Offline
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Registered: 12/27/03
Posts: 5934
My daughter's 10 have been playing for 5 years and plays each day:

1. The Dominant-Seventh Chords and Arpeggios in all keys.

2. Major and Minor Tonic Chord Arpeggios in all keys.

3. Major and Harmonic Minor Scales and Triads in all three positions in all keys.

What else would you suggest? Thanks.

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#942920 - 11/10/04 08:27 AM Re: Warm Up Exercises for a 10 Year Old
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Registered: 01/02/03
Posts: 4654
Loc: New York City
That's too much warm up, imo. It's (its? its'?) good to play all that stuff, but not every key every day. I'd have a rotation of keys that lasts a week to 2 weeks.

Scales and arps. are important for that age / level, but too much takes away from learning actual music.

My daughter turned 10 today, and I'm taking her to Disney World in about an hour. She's played piano for less time, though.

Good luck, and hopeyou get an answer from an actual teacher. \:\)

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#942921 - 11/10/04 10:31 AM Re: Warm Up Exercises for a 10 Year Old
james_cc Offline
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Registered: 10/04/04
Posts: 99
Loc: Chino Hills, CA
Everyday my 9 yr daughter practices scales and Arpeggios, some sight reading etc. but not all keys, HS and HT. Then she can enjoy her own piece and also practice exam pieces.

She also needs more music theory in which I am going to help her to some extent from my own reading and playing.

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#942922 - 11/11/04 05:14 AM Re: Warm Up Exercises for a 10 Year Old
cranky woman Offline
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Registered: 07/06/04
Posts: 282
Loc: Phoenix, AZ
Tom,

Wow! That sure is a lot of technic to practice everyday. I hope your daughter still enjoys practicing and that she has inspiring music as well.

All of the exercises mentioned are important, but IMO, it's too much in one day. My students practice all of those technical skills, but we cover only 3-4 keys a day. This way all the skills and keys are covered, but they don't get overloaded.

There are plenty of opportunities to find technical passages in their repertoire to drill also.

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#942923 - 11/11/04 06:16 AM Re: Warm Up Exercises for a 10 Year Old
Tom--K Offline
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Registered: 12/27/03
Posts: 5934
Thanks everyone,

Funny, I wrote that post because I didn't think it was enough. She kind of goes through it in 20 mins. or so and then spends a 1/2 hour on what ever her lesson is now it's Clementi Sonata Opus 36 #1, and some choir accompaniment music right now an interesting piece in 5/4 called "Sing of the Lord's Goodness" by Ernest Sands.

She does some "old stuff" right now the Entertainer, maybe a Chopin Prelude or two, that changes every day.

She finishes up with some sight reading--something different every day. Sometimes on easier pieces I'll ask her to transpose keys (easy to easy,) which seems to work out pretty nicely.

She usually plays about an hour and 15 mins. to and hour and 1/2 every day.

She's good at her lesson, and enjoys it. I don't think she's exceptional at it, but as long as it's fun she doesn't seem to mind.

Over all though, I don't think she's particularly musical--she's not walking around the house humming tunes. Who's to say?

Thanks.

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#942924 - 11/11/04 06:25 AM Re: Warm Up Exercises for a 10 Year Old
apple* Offline


Registered: 01/01/03
Posts: 19862
Loc: Kansas
You must be a good father so to spend so much time with your daughter.
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#942925 - 11/13/04 05:36 PM Re: Warm Up Exercises for a 10 Year Old
PianoMum9 Offline
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Registered: 10/19/04
Posts: 19
Loc: Surrey, BC
Sounds like she's doing all the good, standard, warmups. If she's doing all that in all the keys in twenty minutes at age 10, it sounds like she's doing each exercise once? Has she done trill exercises, balance exercises, Dohnanyi, chromatic scales in contrary motion, etc. There are lots of books out there with good material to change it up and keep you learning and growing. Victoria Conservatory, for example, has some excellent, less traditional, technical requirements for their exams.
Good luck. Sounds like you and she are doing great to me.

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#942926 - 11/18/04 12:14 PM Re: Warm Up Exercises for a 10 Year Old
PianoBeast10489 Offline
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Registered: 11/17/04
Posts: 830
Loc: Virginia Beach,VA
hannons are very good warm up's and strengthen fingers when done correctly. They are not the most fun thing to do, but it will help in the long run.

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#942927 - 11/19/04 09:28 AM Re: Warm Up Exercises for a 10 Year Old
james_cc Offline
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Registered: 10/04/04
Posts: 99
Loc: Chino Hills, CA
Hi Tom,

My daughter 9 yr (will be 10 in Dec) is also learning the Entertainer (original version). However I don't know if your daughter is doing the original version? It is rather difficult for kid hands due to finger stretching and complexity of the chords, maybe we'll have to drop some notes. Any advise?

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