This piece uses several methods to help develop curved fingers when performing:
1. playing a flat hand white key cluster, then slowly curving the fingers until they are in the right 5-finger position, and in a properly curved shape, then playing from the wrist with that position,
2. holding thumb and finger together in a circle, and playing with that supported position.
3. playing on the fingertips.
4. using the analogy of a spider vs. a “smushed” or flattened spider for the hand shape.
The lyrics of Itsy Bitsy Spider have been altered to emphasize the flat vs. curved nature of the etude.
Key: C Major
Mood: intense, sometimes playful.
Pedagogy: staccato, curved fingers, clusters