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#1038693 - 12/06/04 06:09 PM How to strengthen 4th and 5th fingers
BlingBling Offline
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Registered: 11/24/04
Posts: 77
Loc: NJ
Hello... after years of practice, my 4th and 5th fingers are still weak (or not strong enough) I avoided it so many years but it's time for me to address it.

I know Hanon is good but can anyone recommend any particular exercise to improve these fingers? How long should I play each day?

Your help is appreciated!

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#1038694 - 12/06/04 06:18 PM Re: How to strengthen 4th and 5th fingers
Bob Muir Offline
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Registered: 11/01/03
Posts: 2653
Loc: Lakewood, WA, USA
I think you're asking in the wrong place BlingBling. This forum is devoted to students who began as adults. You might have better luck over in the Pianist Corner or the Piano Teachers forum.

Better yet, I would recommend asking in the Student\'s Corner over at PianoForum.net. While this place is great for camaraderie, I think over there is the best place for this type of question. Be prepared, they're none too keen on Hanon. ;\)

#1038695 - 12/06/04 07:07 PM Re: How to strengthen 4th and 5th fingers
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Registered: 08/11/04
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Loc: California
"... they're not too keen on Hanon."

neither are you though, Bob. ;\)

i don't blame you...
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#1038696 - 12/06/04 07:11 PM Re: How to strengthen 4th and 5th fingers
markb Offline
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Registered: 10/29/04
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Loc: Maryland
The Fingerpower books have been mentioned here recently (see thread on handedness). Maybe they address your issue.
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#1038697 - 12/06/04 08:07 PM Re: How to strengthen 4th and 5th fingers
signa Offline
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Registered: 06/06/04
Posts: 8483
Loc: Ohio, USA
practicing 45 trill would help, plus thumb down to a key at the same time. but don't try to do such a trill with 123 fingers down together, which might hurt yourself. also, make it a habit when you make fingering for a piece: not to avoid using 4 & 5 fingers. if you use 4 and 5 fingers frequently enough, you will see a lot of improvement after a while.

#1038698 - 12/07/04 09:16 PM Re: How to strengthen 4th and 5th fingers
sleepingcats Offline
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Registered: 05/30/04
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Loc: Oregon
I asked my teacher today about strengthening the 4th and 5th fingers of my left hand, and rather than doing many exercises, she'd rather have me learn some Bach Inventions so that left hand gets a lot of use just like the right. We're going to start with No. 13.
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#1038699 - 12/07/04 09:31 PM Re: How to strengthen 4th and 5th fingers
signa Offline
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Registered: 06/06/04
Posts: 8483
Loc: Ohio, USA
inventin 13, go for it! but be warned, it is difficult to play it well especially in fast tempo, and has a lot of LH work out.

#1038700 - 12/11/04 06:19 PM Re: How to strengthen 4th and 5th fingers
Varcon Offline
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Registered: 10/15/04
Posts: 1931
Loc: Mount Vernon, Georgia 30445
The 13th Invention was my first too. Lots of fun when you get it going. Go for it!!


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