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Finger tape #348213
01/23/02 11:27 PM
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What is the best type of tape to use on my fingers when I am doing glissandos? ( in the prokofiev I am playing there are 6 in a row, and they hurt..I am getting blood blisters!)


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Re: Finger tape #348214
01/23/02 11:37 PM
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Great topic!! I often wonder if tape is the best thing to use!


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Re: Finger tape #348215
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It might be a good idea to look at the way your are executing the gliss.

I've never played that concerto, but I do know the part you are talking about (first "movement", right?). Personally, I find that I can control my gliss more if I use the fingernail instead of the flesh below the nail. It has to do with how much you have to bend your wrist if you do the gliss too far into your finger; going too far will force you to exert yourself more because your wrist is in a more flexed position.

Naturally, a gliss in either single or double notes isn't something that you want to practice over and over again (or would need to). Once every other practice session should be good enough.

I've also found that band-aids work great in protecting the fingertips when practicing gliss.

Re: Finger tape #348216
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Duct tape and bailing wire!!! Those things can fix anything! Seriously gliss with your fingernail of your middle finger, you can add support with your thumb on the fingertip. I am unfamilier with this piece but that is how I do my glisses, unless the action is REAL easy, then most anything goes--- palms, double, tripple fingers, back of the hand, buttocks---- ok... ya got me... I usually only do that on organs and synths. On an accoustic go for the fingernail, and don"t overdo it. Bleeding is not good, unless you play punk rock. If it starts to hurt, skip the gliss and only do it occasionally.


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Re: Finger tape #348217
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Someone left a trail of blood up the keyboard in the Leeds piano competition recently and never fully recovered. I did the same thing last week practising a duet with a friend (the finale from the carnival of the animals, we got a calamitous recording, neither of us wanted to play the blood stained keys after it and the whole thing sort of disintegrated :)).

Brendel constantly wears band aids on many fingers, I don't know why but they surely can't all be for glissandi?

Re: Finger tape #348218
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Brendel's are for traction. Seriously, I remember reading an article where he said that he first used when he split a finger before a performance. He said he got used to it and started using them on all fingers because he felt it gave him better control.

Ryan

Re: Finger tape #348219
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Traction - Really? Like the tires on our Nissan? Wow - a new marketing tool for Band-aid - they could come in different textures. This box is good for Mozart, and that one's for Rachmaninoff. :p Jodi

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Re: Finger tape #348220
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smile This thread is funny. You guys/gals make me laugh! smile


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Re: Finger tape #348221
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Yes, i think we should write to the band-aid people and ask for piano band-aids! it'll be great! we will start a whole new product line...no, a REVOLUTION, in the band-aid industry. we will become band-aid tycoons, spending our millions as we please...a steinway here, a mason and hamlin there.. ahh, yes..the life of a band-aid millionare...
Alrught, enough of my foolishness. i am going to bed!

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Re: Finger tape #348222
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Ok...so I am reading this thread and over and over that silly tune keeps popping up " I am stuck on Band-aids now band-aids stuck on me" or something like that...anyone got the sheet music? laugh

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Play the piano a lot (I was going to say, "too much", but who am I to judge...), and the skin on the ends of your fingers will split, especially as you get older. I remember a pianist commenting on seeing Rudolf Serkin (in a private meeting, not in recital) with similar band-aids on the ends of his fingers.


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Re: Finger tape #348224
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On the subject of traction, Clifford Curzon was said to sand the surface of the keys on newer pianos to get the same sort of grip he was accustomed to with ivory keys. Presumably he wasn't able to do this to every keyboard he played.

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Rachmaninoff and Mozart Band-aids would be cool, but I imagine my son will still prefer the ones with Buzz Lightyear smile

Ryan

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just curious, which prokofiev piece are you playing?

Re: Finger tape #348227
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hahahahahaha
The reason it hurts my fingers is that my nails are extremly small so I can't really do the gliss with my nails.


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Re: Finger tape #348228
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You all must be really good. I could no more play piano with bandaids on my fingers than if I was wearing a catchers mitt. On the other hand (so to speak) if I did have bandaids on my fingers I would have to try but I sure wouldn't like it.


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