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#552057 - 01/31/09 09:38 AM 12 Fingers - Helpful or Hindrance ?
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A baby born in San Francisco a few weeks ago has 6 fingers on each hand.

Not as rare as you might think, except the sixth digit is usually just a nub, but Kamani has 12 fully formed fingers (and twelve toes).

The news people talk about what a great pianist or guitarist he might make.

Considering music is typically written assuming 10 fingers, would having 12 be better, or a Hindrance?

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#552058 - 01/31/09 10:14 AM Re: 12 Fingers - Helpful or Hindrance ?
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I think it might be more of a hindrance because fingering techniques are built for proper use of 5 fingers per hand, not six. However, I know of at least one phenomenal guitarist, Phil Keaggy, who lacks a finger on one hand (due to accident? birth?), and it has not hindered him.

#552059 - 01/31/09 12:36 PM Re: 12 Fingers - Helpful or Hindrance ?
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Interesting, I assumed it would be a little nub, but it's fascinating that they are all allegedly "full functioning." Besides slight confusion as to which is the 3rd and which is the 4th finger initially, I don't think it would be much of a hindrance. And I fail to see how it would be much of an advantage either. Does any pianist ever say "if only I had one more finger." Is "passing of the thumb" really an unconquerable hindrance?

Now a third hand might raise some excitement!

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#552060 - 01/31/09 12:38 PM Re: 12 Fingers - Helpful or Hindrance ?
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Hmmm what if the baby's able to stretch a 12th!

#552061 - 02/01/09 06:13 PM Re: 12 Fingers - Helpful or Hindrance ?
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If the kid grows into someone who can play the piano at all decently, it'll be a tremendous marketing advantage, at least among the public at large.

There's a town in Spain where polydactyly is not uncommon (this from a Ripley's Believe it or Not of about 50 years ago).

With regard to guitar playing, I've read that Django had only a functional finger and a half.

(And then there's the story of the couple on their wedding night, with the groom missing half of one foot....)
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#552062 - 02/01/09 06:57 PM Re: 12 Fingers - Helpful or Hindrance ?
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I can't play this with 10 fingers.


That girl has 4.

I'd like to hear what someone with her talent, 12 fingers and a stretch like this (and i mean able to reach that interval on a full-size keyboard) could play.
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#552063 - 02/02/09 06:12 PM Re: 12 Fingers - Helpful or Hindrance ?
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Originally posted by 88Key_PianoPlayer:
I can't play this with 10 fingers.


That girl has 4.

I'd like to hear what someone with her talent, 12 fingers and a stretch like this (and i mean able to reach that interval on a full-size keyboard) could play. [/b]
Her hands limit her technically but if she or someone else composed some pieces for her it would be awesome.
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