A fairly new adult piano student has just had her sixth piano lesson with me. She came as a complete beginner (as far as I was concerned) but she is quick to point out that she did much studying of books and primers before starting lessons.
True - she knows the note names and values, treble and bass clef, staves, etc., etc., etc., BUT and it is a very big BUT
she came to me on her first lesson convinced that the piano keyboard was a mirror image of itself at middle C.
Do you get what I mean?
From middle C ascending the note names are CDEFGABC...........naturally, but from middle C DESCENDING she thinks they are STILL CDEFGABC - in other words in reverse!
and after 6 lessons, she STILL thinks in that way, and nothing I can say, do, or show will convince her enough to retain it at least until her next lesson. I think she has read a simple piano primer (Kenneth Baker Complete Piano Player) found out that the 5 right hand fingers start of with middle CDEFG and therefore, before reading on she thinks that the left hand is the same with the same fingers.......have I said that clearly.
I've suggested a keyboard chart to place over the keys, but it still does not convince her.
Actually, it's all a bit bizarre!!
I'm NOT having a good week and its only half way through. I think I shall wander over to the "Scream Thread"