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#1500490 08/21/10 01:47 PM
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Ive been playing piano for a bit more than a year now... and Im noticing my hands are starting to get veinier and more muscular. This this is a result of playing the piano? Or is this just puberty making my hands more muscular (Im 15)... anyone else have hands changed appearence?


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Miles Martin #1500496 08/21/10 01:53 PM
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Isn't that cool? I'm female and my hands and arms are quite veiny and look strong and I'm proud of it. If you look at the hands of non-musicians, you will notice a big difference; the palm muscles proximal to their thumbs and pinkies look puny. I think strong piano muscles make hands look attractive.

(Of course, some of the difference you are seeing is your body maturing, but a lot of it is the piano.)


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I also think its the coolest thing! It is highly motivational to me to build my hand muscles up. Recently my grandmother was looking at my hands and asked me if they hurt, I asked why and she said that I have huge bulges in between my pointer and thumbs! I attempted looking up the muscle in question but I am no master of anatomy. Correct me if I am wrong but I believe it is called the first dorsal muscle.

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PianonaiP #1500525 08/21/10 03:05 PM
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One of my piano teacher's hands were very scary - not much meat, very detailed, tendons sticking out. Very scary. They looked as if they had prematurely aged, and she was only in her 40s. shocked She played very fine piano, but her hands were not attractive..

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Mattardo #1500535 08/21/10 03:21 PM
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To be honest, my hands look very normal. I have been playing for over 14 years, and can play as long as I want to at the piano without getting tired hands (though I wouldn't be able to play things like the pathetique all day long).


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Victor25 #1500540 08/21/10 03:28 PM
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I am lucky because my hands get tired with everything but music. That's why I try to avoid house chores - for serious health reasons. ha
My hands are veiny too, but some think I am anorexic (I don't agree at all with that view though).



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Aren't the major flexor and extensor muscles of the hand actually in the forearm?

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I've noticed my fingers have got a bit fatter up to the first knuckle since I started practising properly. Though at the same time I started a new job which sometimes involves some fairly heavy lifting - so it could just be that. Or perhaps both are contributing.

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Originally Posted by spanishbuddha
Aren't the major flexor and extensor muscles of the hand actually in the forearm?
Yes, but there are intrinsic muscles in the palm which require development.

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When I first started playing piano, the tips of my fingers were very flat. My teacher told me that after playing a while the tips would get rounder. And they did. Now they curve up above the top of the nail, which is good because I don't like my nails clicking on the keys.

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My hands are boney with very prominent knuckles and the tendons in my wrists are very developed.


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