Originally posted by CC2 and Chopin lover:
Basic anatomy and kinesiology are behind what you're saying about the flat hand and finger positions versus the "ball in hand" curved positions, and explain the difference in stresses at the fingers and wrists. When you curve the fingers, the wrist naturally pulls into a flexed position as well. This will then crimp, and restrict movement of, the tendons of the wrist and finger flexor muscles located in the forearm that control the downward pull of those structures.
I had a little trouble reconciling the conflicting information on the different hand postures, but do appreciate the wealth of knowledge and experience being shared.
The above states that the wrist naturally pulls into a flexed position. It seems to me the wrist is free to sit where it wishes, high, low or in between, regardless of the shape of the hand. Am I missing something?
I have learned with curved fingers and teach this way, and am interested in analyzing the different approaches, both to understand varying students/physiques and for my own playing.
Secondly, with flat fingers.... is shifting not hindered smoothly as suggested in an above post (re: not being able to play a scale evenly at faster tempi)
Thirdly, does anyone know of any "exercise" that can help a young student build the necessary finger strength to maintain the curved finger shape? (assuming this post has not thusly rendered this approach invalid