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Pen grip/effect on technique #1501311
08/23/10 01:15 AM
08/23/10 01:15 AM
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I don't hold my pen with the correct grip (picture), and my teacher said it seems to be causing my index finger to slope in an unnatural way. Supposedly this has an effect on my technique.

Does that sound accurate? Is it really a big deal? I've tried for almost 2 weeks to change my grip, but to no avail, so I'm wondering if it's really necessary to change it.

And this is the correct grip, if anyone's wondering.

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Re: Pen grip/effect on technique [Re: debussyfan] #1501331
08/23/10 02:56 AM
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I sincerely doubt that the way you hold your pen is deforming your finger. I have been teaching in Italy for 15 years and I would say that at least 25% of my students (if not more) hold their pens the way you do. I'm talking about students ranging in age from 12 to retirement, and I have not noticed any hand deformities in any of them.

Personally I think it looks darn uncomfortable,but I can't believe that it is deforming or has deformed your finger.

I also think that there isn't really a rule on the "correct" way to hold a pen. There may be a "standard" way but who is to say it is correct.

That's like a British person telling me that tom-AH-toe is correct and tom-AY-toe is incorrect.

In anycase, - I have tried holding my pen your way and the pressure on the index finger seems to me to be exactly the same, - perhaps even less!!! - than my way.

My own fingers are not straight (my middle fingers are slightly turned) and I always thought I was weird, - til I compared my hands to those of my cousin and found that hey! we're exactly the same - same with my aunt - it is just the way our hands are.

If you feel there are really grounds for concern about it, see a doctor. Personally, I'm sceptical that your pen holding is an issue.

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Re: Pen grip/effect on technique [Re: casinitaly] #1501373
08/23/10 05:58 AM
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It's a matter of what your index finger is doing behind the thumb - it looks like it's subterminal pinching (nail joint breaking in). This is good for picking up a credit card but no good for a grain of rice. In piano playing we use a terminal pinch as in picking up a grain of rice. Both in piano playing and writing subterminal pinch adds extra tension (can be quite a lot when holding a pen/pencil) which you don't want.

snobbyish, yet maybe helpful.

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