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Re: Finger Bands [Re: DutchTea] #2923156 12/15/19 01:43 PM
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Not a torture device at all-unless one uses it improperly I guess. It is great in that you can isolate each individual digit. Very useful for my purposes.



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Re: Finger Bands [Re: DutchTea] #2923220 12/15/19 04:37 PM
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I agree with the previous posters: unless you have some physical therapy needed to recover from surgery or an accident or injury and you are doing this under the observation of a qualified professional, I don't see how these would help much with piano playing.

Finger strength has nothing to do with playing, unless you can't hold things in your hands, then there's a larger problem.

Be very careful with doing things like this. Even Robert Schumann, who was a concert pianist at the time, was dissatisfied with the lack of strength in his 4th fingers and rigged up a contraption to strengthen them which cost him his ability to play.


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Re: Finger Bands [Re: NobleHouse] #2923229 12/15/19 04:58 PM
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It looks like torture device to me.

Re: Finger Bands [Re: DutchTea] #2923231 12/15/19 04:59 PM
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Why did you buy that?!

Re: Finger Bands [Re: keystring] #2923233 12/15/19 05:02 PM
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Originally Posted by keystring
That's the opposite (and looks a bit scary. wink )

Mine is for expanding/opening, not contracting/closing. I does what the OP's probably does.

http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51iCSj-CJrL.jpg?w=650


I still dont understand it. I think these things are likely to injure you and cant really see how they help with piano.

Re: Finger Bands [Re: Moo :)] #2923239 12/15/19 05:11 PM
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Originally Posted by Moo :)
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That's the opposite (and looks a bit scary. wink )

Mine is for expanding/opening, not contracting/closing. I does what the OP's probably does.

http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51iCSj-CJrL.jpg?w=650


I still dont understand it. I think these things are likely to injure you and cant really see how they help with piano.

They are for physical therapy. After my motorcycle accident in 2011 which gave me a compound fracture in the RH, the physical therapist had me squeeze clay and use that band as part of the exercises to restore mobility and hand strength.


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Re: Finger Bands [Re: Tyrone Slothrop] #2923245 12/15/19 05:29 PM
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Originally Posted by Tyrone Slothrop
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Originally Posted by keystring
That's the opposite (and looks a bit scary. wink )

Mine is for expanding/opening, not contracting/closing. I does what the OP's probably does.

http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51iCSj-CJrL.jpg?w=650


I still dont understand it. I think these things are likely to injure you and cant really see how they help with piano.

They are for physical therapy. After my motorcycle accident in 2011 which gave me a compound fracture in the RH, the physical therapist had me squeeze clay and use that band as part of the exercises to restore mobility and hand strength.

Yes, the one I have is also used in physical therapy. Being able to stretch out my hands feels fantastic. They're always closed andcurled from typing and such. I do not have a problem with collapsing knuckles and such - I go the other way. I would not recommend this to anyone, but it helps me. I also know how to use it.

I'm glad to read that you were given that particular band.

Re: Finger Bands [Re: DutchTea] #2923247 12/15/19 05:31 PM
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Yes I think a professional recommending and helping through an injury yes I can see the use. I had a broken finger and remember having to wear a device to get the muscles working after the finger bone healed.

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Re: Finger Bands [Re: DutchTea] #2923263 12/15/19 06:34 PM
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If finger independence is the goal, it's hard to beat the Dohnányi "Essential Finger Exercises" Nos. 1-11, which you can download for free from IMSLP here:

Dohnányi "Essential Finger Exercises"

Less intense, Friedrich Wieck (Clara Schumann's father and imperious teacher) published a book of exercises that include some in the same vein as the Dohnányi:

Wieck "Piano Studies"


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Re: Finger Bands [Re: DutchTea] #2923265 12/15/19 06:46 PM
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I do finger tapping on the table or my chair during boring meetings. At my ex job I had a colleague who did the same, and occasionally asked me what piece I was working on.


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Re: Finger Bands [Re: keystring] #2923281 12/15/19 07:24 PM
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Originally Posted by keystring
Originally Posted by Tyrone Slothrop
Originally Posted by Moo :)
Originally Posted by keystring
That's the opposite (and looks a bit scary. wink )

Mine is for expanding/opening, not contracting/closing. I does what the OP's probably does.

http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51iCSj-CJrL.jpg?w=650


I still dont understand it. I think these things are likely to injure you and cant really see how they help with piano.

They are for physical therapy. After my motorcycle accident in 2011 which gave me a compound fracture in the RH, the physical therapist had me squeeze clay and use that band as part of the exercises to restore mobility and hand strength.

Yes, the one I have is also used in physical therapy. Being able to stretch out my hands feels fantastic. They're always closed andcurled from typing and such. I do not have a problem with collapsing knuckles and such - I go the other way. I would not recommend this to anyone, but it helps me. I also know how to use it.

I'm glad to read that you were given that particular band.



I use mine as physical therapy as well, and it helps immensely.



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