Piano tuition for beginners focuses intensively on five-note range where each finger of each hand is allocated first a white key and later black keys as well. The pianist maintains this close hand position throughout the whole piece. Establishing this five-note range is the primary goal in piano lessons before students learn to spread the fingers, cross them over and under one another and play scales.
This book Give Me Five contains 34 easy and carefully ordered original piano pieces based on five-finger patterns in a range of different keys and modes: major, minor, Dorian, Phrygian, Lydian, whole-tone and blues scales. The selection of titles ranges from minuet, folk-style dances and atmospheric character pieces such as Here comes the camel train or Dance of the
Vampire through to Boogie-Woogie, rock and pop ballads.