The A Dozen A Day books have been around for decades - the fact that they are still in publication shows that they are hugely successful. I used these books when I started to learn the piano at the age of 6, and now that I am much older, and teaching the piano, I still recommend these books to my pupils. The A Dozen A Day series works on players' techniques working on developing strong hands and flexible fingers which every pianist needs.
The pieces work in five groups of twelves, designed in order to play through two or three pieces a day before practice and gradually adding one or two until all twelve pieces can be played. Please note, by 'pieces', I don't mean 5 page sonatas - these are very simple, one or two line exercises. The exercises are suitably named to reflect what they're about, e.g. 'Playing With a Yo-Yo' involves running fingers up and down the piano; 'Jumping Rope' works on staccatos - you get the gist! They even show above each piece a little cartoon stickman performing the act that is described (fun for children).
Once pupils are confident with these exercises, they will feel much more confident in playing longer pieces, as the exercises cover such a broad range of techniques. I thorougly recommend this book to all beginners, and even adults who might need their fingers warming up a bit!
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