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#27752 - 08/21/03 03:36 PM Re: Firm Fingers/Playing on Fingertips
Jalapeña Offline
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Registered: 02/20/03
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Okey dokey, folkey... I'm back. \:D

Mary Gae's finger tug-of-war (from Seminar A tape; I hope I don't get in trouble for sharing it online): Link fingers together and pull. This strengthens the end joints. Without strong end joints, you don’t get good tone.

Mary Gae also works with dowels to build up the hand arch. This is explained on the Seminar A tapes.

Before I elaborate on the football, I want to mention one other thing I thought of. This may seem obvious, but always check that the student is sitting at the proper height. If the student is sitting too low, his/her wrist will drop & the hand will not be in proper position. Most of the time, correcting the seat height only involves putting a cushion or telephone book on top of the piano bench for the student to sit on.

Now, about the football: Buy one of those soft (but not too soft) vinyl-covered Hedstrom footballs that are about 6.5" long x 4.5" wide. Have student place hand over football. The shape of the football helps student develop anatomically neutral hand shape.

#27753 - 08/28/03 12:25 PM Re: Firm Fingers/Playing on Fingertips
lynn Offline
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Registered: 06/11/03
Posts: 21
Loc: TN
I have a transfer student (about 10) who had not hand shape at all, just jello: wrist ALWAYS dropped way down and always playing with the entire length of finger. No tension problems there! I finally took a little stone-cast cat (small) and put it on the keys and they had her play her hand oever it so the cat filled the space under the "arch". I asked her to play a key: of course, she "squashed" the cat who said, "Meow!" (Guess who \:D ) Since then, when she collapses, I just say "Meow" and she laughs and fixes it. Better style of nagging, I guess!

#27754 - 08/28/03 01:06 PM Re: Firm Fingers/Playing on Fingertips
Lilla Offline
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Registered: 10/30/00
Posts: 1562
Loc: Chicago
Lynn, that's fantastic! I have to steal that idea.

#27755 - 08/29/03 03:18 PM Re: Firm Fingers/Playing on Fingertips
lynn Offline
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Registered: 06/11/03
Posts: 21
Loc: TN
You're welcome to it, minus all the typos I didn't see when I posted! :rolleyes:

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