12 Fingers - Helpful or Hindrance ?

Posted by: Piano World

12 Fingers - Helpful or Hindrance ? - 01/31/09 09:38 AM

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?

THE STORY
Posted by: ChrisKeys

Re: 12 Fingers - Helpful or Hindrance ? - 01/31/09 10:14 AM

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.
Posted by: Ridicolosamente

Re: 12 Fingers - Helpful or Hindrance ? - 01/31/09 12:36 PM

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!

Daniel
Posted by: LiszThalberg

Re: 12 Fingers - Helpful or Hindrance ? - 01/31/09 12:38 PM

Hmmm what if the baby's able to stretch a 12th!
Posted by: Palindrome

Re: 12 Fingers - Helpful or Hindrance ? - 02/01/09 06:13 PM

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....)
Posted by: 88Key_PianoPlayer

Re: 12 Fingers - Helpful or Hindrance ? - 02/01/09 06:57 PM

I can't play this with 10 fingers.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BJ5UI1vjNxI

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.
Posted by: The Boy Next Door

Re: 12 Fingers - Helpful or Hindrance ? - 02/02/09 06:12 PM

 Quote:
Originally posted by 88Key_PianoPlayer:
I can't play this with 10 fingers.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BJ5UI1vjNxI

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.