Relaxed Wrist

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Level 1 Technique Secrets

The second secret is RELAXED WRIST

Wrist Float-off

Set your hands in a rounded hand position.

Pretend a balloon on a string is slowly pulling your wrist upward. Let your wrist rise in s-l-o-w motion until only the tip of finger 3 is touching the surface.*

Now gently return to a normal playing position.

Do 2 “wrist float-offs” with right hand, then left hand. Try it hands together!


*Teacher Note: The shoulder should not rise, but stay relaxed.

Teacher Note: The next secret teaches staccato, allowing the hand to bounce lightly from the wrist. The student should be coached to relax while tapping, so as not to stiffen the forearm.