Pain in the Thumb. Solution Four: Congruence Between the Thumb and the Piano Key
January 26, 2018
The attempt here is to form a continuous, undifferentiated mass out of the hand, the thumb, and the physical key of the piano. To achieve this we want there to be a congruence between the longitudinal surface of the thumb and the longitudinal surface of the key. The side of the thumb should touch, in as many spots as possible, different spots on the surface of the key.
The fingers of the hands should be like when a sculptor creates a statue and leaves out a complete separation between one finger and the next. If the sculpture became alive the only way a single finger would move at all is if the hand and the other fingers move with it. If the sculptor then adds a piano key to the sculpture, but does it by extending the material used for the hand and fingers, the key and the thumb will be permanently attached to each other.
In line with this sculptural analogy, if the pianist wants to move a key up and down, to create and then release a sound, it can only be done by a motion of the entire mass that results from the fusion of the key, the finger, and the hand. While granted this procedure is, to say the least, unusual, one result will be that there is little or no activity in the thumb muscles on their own. This puts this technique in line with the three previously techniques offered as ways of dealing with pain in the thumb. Without any separate motion in the thumb, there is hopefully nothing to cause pain in the finger.