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What does this mean? #1197599
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If your hands are shaking while playing and your fingers are even slipping off white keys, what does this mean?

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Re: What does this mean? [Re: Claude56] #1197614
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That anyone expecting to find an earnest question will be disappointed—and perhaps even annoyed that they were tricked into clicking on something nonsensical (or unanswerable, at least, in view of the scant information given).

If you are serious, OTOH, why would you ask anyone other than a medical doctor?

Steven

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You wanna know what the weird thing is? Well, my right hand pinky and index finger can touch each other without thumb support but my left hand pinky and index finger can't touch each other without thumb support.

Re: What does this mean? [Re: Claude56] #1197673
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... That's great?

Re: What does this mean? [Re: Fredil] #1197716
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This sounds like you've over done your practicing. Be careful of focal dystonia, which can happen because of this. You might want to see a doctor. S/he will send you for tests and to a neurologist if there are any concerns.

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Re: What does this mean? [Re: Claude56] #1197729
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Originally Posted by noSkillz
If your hands are shaking while playing and your fingers are even slipping off white keys, what does this mean?


That's called the "heebie-jeebies". The British call them the "screaming habdabs". Commonly, it's referred to as "the willies" or the jitters.

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It's only the "jitters" is it is during a live performance. Generally speaking, there should be nothing of this sort. Go see a doctor about it right away.

On a side note, I had an adult beginner whose hands shook while she played when she first started. She claimed she wasn't nervous, and after some time as her fingers strengthened it went away. Unless the OP is a beginner (new to piano within the last 2 or 3 months) I would say a doctor visit is in order.


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Re: What does this mean? [Re: Morodiene] #1198004
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Malnutrition and a lack of hydration can also cause these kinds of problems. Make sure you're drinking lots of water and eating well!


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Re: What does this mean? [Re: Kreisler] #1198020
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The way to check if your pinky is too tired is to try to cross it and your fourth finger, the same way you would cross your second and third. I once did hand exercises for two hours straight with a few 2-minute breaks and I couldn't do that for about a day.

Re: What does this mean? [Re: Claude56] #1198068
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Originally Posted by noSkillz
You wanna know what the weird thing is? Well, my right hand pinky and index finger can touch each other without thumb support but my left hand pinky and index finger can't touch each other without thumb support.

To everyone who apparently believed the original question was sincere, what does this mean—and how does it relate to the original question?

Steven

Re: What does this mean? [Re: Fredil] #1198073
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More information is needed. BUT, if this is happening on a regular basis without the component of stress (such as performing, playing for your teacher/friends etc) I seriously would recommend seeing your doctor. Too many medicals problems, both minor and serious, could produce these symptoms.


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