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PLAYING WITHOUT ANY PAIN OR DISCOMFORT: part seven

March 17, 2017

Second Experiment continued:

2F.

At some point in the process, either here, or earlier, you can factor in changes of fingers instead of or together with changes in pitch.

A good base state would be to continuing using just middle-C and gradually, every fourth or fifth note, changing the finger in one of the hands.  Gradually go through all the 25 = 5 x 5 different possibilities of choosing one finger from one hand and one  finger from the other.  At first you may find it easier to maintain the continuation of same sensation by using fingers 2 and/or 3.  Then factor in the thumb.  The pinky at some point.  The goal, again, as always, is that no one finger feels any different than any other because, the fingers are, both are just a small part of a much larger entity, the entire arm-circle, which remains the same.

Whatever the notes, whatever the fingers, whatever the rhythm . . . , no finger and/or hand, ever plays without the feeling of action (or at least the imagined feeling of action) in the other finger and/or hand.

In the next part of this multi entry blog topic, we will go on to experiment number three in playing without any pain or discomfort, which involves the use of random clusters of sounds.

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