[Menvi-discuss] My difficulties playing the piano

Christina Robertson cudarobertson at gmail.com
Wed Apr 17 20:41:51 EDT 2019

Terri Weaver’s finger exercises on the thigh are exactly what I would recommend, and to that I would add very gentle isometric exercises.  I will try to describe them here:
Touch the tip of your right thumb to the tip of your index finger.  Keeping your wrist and your other fingers as relaxed as possible, gently squeeze the tip of your thumb against the tip of your index finger so that you are forming a circle, keeping your index finger and thumb from “buckling.”  Relax.  Repeat.  Relax.  Repeat.
You will never press hard enough to buckle any joints – instead, trust that this is helping to strengthen the muscles.
Then do the same process with the tip of your right thumb against the tip of your middle finger, still forming the circle and still being aware of the relaxing of the wrist and other fingers.  Again, you may not be able to “squeeze” very much, but that is okay.
Then, the thumb and ring finger.
Then, the thumb and pinky.

I hope this helps!


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From: brandon Reed via Menvi-discuss
Sent: Tuesday, April 16, 2019 7:01 PM
To: menvi
Cc: brandon Reed
Subject: [Menvi-discuss] My difficulties playing the piano

Hello all,

I am writing to ask for advice.

I am currently a music student getting my AA in vocal performance 
eventually going to transfer to get my BA in music education with a 
choir focus to direct a choir of my very own someday.

Now I know eventually I will have to learn piano at some point but I 
have an issue.

I am double jointed so my fingers cannot stay straight when hitting the 
keys because whenever I do my finger bends towards my palm making 
playing somewhat difficult.

I am not quite sure what I should do my family wants me to get private 
lessons but I am not quite sure if that will be the proper course of 
action for me.

I just wanted to get  a second opinion.

Let me know if you have any questions.



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