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PostPosted: Mon Jul 07, 2008 12:31 pm 
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Hi Paradisi,

Your length to your middle finger is longer than mine but your thumb to fifth finger is the same. I also reach a 9th with no problem and cannot go to a 10th. However, I now have a bit of a problem in that I used to be able to put down octaves without even thinking about them. Meaning - my hand naturally 'remembered' how that stretch felt. But I've been playing a lot of music with 9ths the past few months and now my hand has 'forgotten' the feel of an octave. I'm making more mistakes because of that.

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Location: Obamanation, unfortunately...
use your 4th finger and thumb to play an octave

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That's what I try to remember to do when going from white to black key octaves.

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Hi Pianolady

I hardly ever do songs with lots of 9ths, once when doing a song with too many big stretches, my hand got a strange lump by the knuckle - doctor said it was nothing, but I've been leery of doing too BIG of a piece since then! (It did go away.)

Also - nice name! I tried to sign in with that as that's what I get called all the time (I play for our school's choirs - so when they see me elsewhere it's "YOU'RE THE PIANOLADY!"


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Paradisi wrote:
I hardly ever do songs with lots of 9ths, once when doing a song with too many big stretches, my hand got a strange lump by the knuckle - doctor said it was nothing, but I've been leery of doing too BIG of a piece since then! (It did go away.)


Oooh, that sounds bad! I know a woman piano teacher who developed a 'trigger finger'. I think that's what it is called. Her finger got stuck in a bent shape and she could not move or straighten it. She got a cortisone shot in the finger and then was able to move it, again. But still - things like that are scary.

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