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Friday, May 4, 2012

Hand Exercises for Piano Players

By Anthony Fernando

Anyone who's played piano for over thirty minutes will know how crucial it is to build strength and stamina in your hands.

Just like with any other part of your body, if you want to build up strength and stamina, you're going to need to exercise it regularly - no-one got buff by sitting around.

To get you motivated, here's two straightforward exercises to help start.

Curled Fingers

This is an easy exercise to begin with and can be done in front of your piano.

Move your hands over the keys of the piano. Then curl your fingers up as if you were holding a tennis ball. Next move your forefinger up and down as if you were actually playing the same note a couple of times in fast succession about five times.

Then take a short break for a couple of seconds and move on to your middle finger. Repeat this with each finger and then move on to your other hand.

This exercise will help build both finger strength and autonomy for less complicated playing and reaching those far spaced piano notes.

Ball Massage

This exercise routine will require your to have a tennis ball or a ball of similar size available. The concept of this exercising is to loosen the strain in your forearms while keeping your hands flexible.

Put the ball on a firm, leveled surface. Then put your right forearm on top of the ball and begin rolling the ball backwards and forwards slowly so that it travels up and down the length of your forearm. Be certain to keep your shoulders relaxed while you do this.

Roll the ball forward and backward for one minute then take a break for 30 seconds. Once done, switch to your left forearm and repeat.

By following these 2 easy exercises, you will build up strength in your fingers while at the exact same time keeping your arms and shoulders relaxed and pain free. This could assist you to build up endurance and keep you playing longer without any worries.

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