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I have seen similar resources for classroom for introducing music notation and this is becoming more and more popular. In fact, picking up on something that Joseph said, teaching music reading by colour is so much more common than the reading by colour reading books, which are used in very extreme and rather isolated cases to date.
So much so that there are even pianos out their that use colour coding for the keys. I found this link to demonstrate:
The playing with colour was really interesting. I think I have just got to kind of build up a photographic memory of the notes of the stave now.
I am ok with five fingers on right hand but everything else I have to work my way up and down the stave while I learn a piece, until I learn it parrot fashion, not ideal if I ever want to read with any speed... must be patient.
I'm no expert, but I'd say it would very much depend on what causes her restriction, so ligaments/tendons/muscles or bones. If it's not bones, then I recon piano playing would definitely be great therapy, if bones, then the restriction would always be there, and someone would have to show her a modified way of playing to make it comfortable for her.
I have a different problem, not just my occasionally numb hands... I was taught to touch-type at school on manual typewriters and that takes quite a lot of finger strength and with that and continuing to type over the last 25 or so years and given me some habits that I am having trouble breaking at the piano. My left thumb tends to stick up in the air, my left index finger will shoot forwards, the little finger and ring finger of my right hand will tend to curl under, I could go on! As I type most of my working life, I am changing my habits there especially trying to keep my thumb tamed. It's amazing how many triping mistakes I make when I do that, but it's already made a difference to how I am on the piano.
The playing by colours thing is fascinating. I wonder if it would work for some autistic spectrum children and adults too?
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