QUOTE(SteveHopwood @ Aug 17 2005, 10:31 PM)
QUOTE(HelenVJ @ Aug 17 2005, 08:54 PM)
I was taught to do this with a pen - held between fingers 1 and 5. Find a pen that's roughly the same length as a 6th ! Hold it between your fingers - and get moving your hand from the wrist.
What a brilliant idea, Helen. I will cut a suitable sized pencil into a tool tomorrow.
I sit here now, trying to imagine it. Holding the 'tool in the fleshy part of the fingers feels awkward- it could catch on the keys. Holding it back of the joints feels as though the joints could collapse so that the ends of the fingers could flap around loosely.
The answers might be obvious tomorrow when I try it. If not, I would appreciate further comments.
OK - further comments: you hold the pen (pencil/piece of twig, whatever) on the fleshy part of the fingers. No need to worry about it catching on the keys, as you don't need to hit them. In fact, you can practise it well away from the (piano) keyboard - sitting at your desk is fine. It's just to get the movement - your fingers can't collapse, as the pen will drop! But you don't actually play with the pen between your fingers!!(How much did you have to drink last night?!)
Hope that's a little clearer.