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Practice Procedures: Part 11:  Keeping the Hand in Balance: Anchoring One Finger with Another

March 31, 2017

 

To keep a balance in the hand as a whole, it sometimes helps if the muscles within one finger act as the primary mover or instigator to pick up and move another finger.

For instance, the right hand plays the ascending figure b4 ds5 e5 and chooses to use the fingers 1 3 1.

The muscles within the third finger can act to anchor the lifting of the thumb from the b4, be the primary cause of the motion rightwards with the thumb, positioning the thumb over the e5, and letting the thumb down into the key dip of the e5.  During this transition the muscles in the third finger also act to maintain equilibrium in the hand in spite of the constant re-positioning of the thumb.

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