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#1982262 - 11/03/12 03:32 PM songs with weird fingering
rakim Offline
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Registered: 06/11/12
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So, I was playing Moonlight Sonata and there are some parts that require awkward hand positions, I think everyone experiences that with this song, but after playing my hand feels weird and I went to play another song and I find myself missing notes I don't usually miss. It's most notably because of the part where your pinky reaches out to the right to reach that G note while you're doing triplets with the same hand. I do stretch my hands almost everyday and can do a 9th fairly easily. Is it just something your hands need to adjust to? It's kind of an uncomfortable feeling.

I can't help but think of "N64 thumb," for anyone familiar with video games, which some kids got (sorry, but dumb kids, i never did this) from stretching their left thumb all the way from the center of the N64 controller to the D-Pad on the left because they couldn't figure out to just move their hand. A few people I know have a weird thumb on their left hand where it sort of dislocates itself.

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#1982264 - 11/03/12 03:38 PM Re: songs with weird fingering [Re: rakim]
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If you think of it as stretching, you may be causing injury. Can you reach the notes without "tensing" or "locking" your hand in that position?
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#1982269 - 11/03/12 03:46 PM Re: songs with weird fingering [Re: rakim]
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Yes in my edition there are a few uncomfortable stretches in Moonlight part 1 but they last only a fraction of a second. I think uncomfortable for a very short time is ok (just don't practice that single stretch too much to avoid injury).
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#1982271 - 11/03/12 03:47 PM Re: songs with weird fingering [Re: Derulux]
rakim Offline
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I don't think I was tensing or locking into it. It was quite a reach though. I think I figured out the problem though.

My Index finger was on middle C# (if that makes sense) and my ring finger was on E then my pinky was reaching up to G#. I just realized to put my middle finger on E instead which gets me a little closer.

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