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Finger Exercise for Independent Movement
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Some people have a little problem with their third and fourth finger always wanting to try and move together.  I learned an exercise to help get over that back over 30 years ago from a bassist named Paul.  He probably isn't among the living anymore, but I still use the exercise as a "fidget" to keep the fingers limber after all these years.

 I'm going to try uploading it as video, since it is super simple to understand once you've seen it, but explaining it clearly with just text would be less sure.  I don't know if this video will work, since it is shot with the little camera built in to my pocket media player.  The quality is craptastic in any case.  If it doesn't work, I will take some pics and explain the moves. 

It is a super easy "baby" sort of exercise.  Doesn't take any gear, and it doesn't make any sound, which can be good.  Especially at first, tensing your hand will make it harder to do, so try and keep the hand as relaxed as possible.

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Nope,,, nothing happened, Dannyboy.... it opened but no vid or aud.  frown

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Only a few days back, I happened to watch Yehudi Menuhin's Tutorial No.3.  If you don't have patience to see,at least go through the last 4 minutes and post your comments here.
 

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LOL I've been following these videos religiously since my second week 🙂 funny to see them repop again, we linked them a couple times already. I think a good thing to remember from them is that the fingers are not alone but helped in their movement by the hand to release tension.

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Fiddlestix said
Nope,,, nothing happened, Dannyboy.... it opened but no vid or aud.  frown

Yeah, I was afraid that might happen.  Been having a heck of  time with getting uploaded video to work.  It will run fine on my system, but not on other people's systems when I send or upload it.  Oh well..

 

The exercise is simple. 

1.)You have your hand with the palm turned up and the fingers relaxed against the palm. 

2.)Then you lift the first and third fingers as in the second pic. 

3.)Drop them back to the palm as you raise the second and fourth fingers. 

 

Alternate between step 2 and step 3 until you get bored or have something better to do.  Try and keep the hand as relaxed as possible and the movements easy and smooth as you speed up. 

I can say it does help with independent finger movement not just for the 4th or 3rd finger, but all of them somewhat. 

 

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The video worked for me in any case. Maybe you need a special plug-in.

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Thanks for sharing Daniel. I need this. Trying it right now makes me feel pathetic. My fingers are RE tarD ED.red_cursing

Suresh- I watched the video. I haven't tried it yet but moving the 4 fingers on their own while they do different things looks very intimidating. 

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I watched the entire video. There are a ton of great exercises there. The last one, with one stationary finger, one finger moving laterally, one finger moving vertically, and one finger plucking a string just blew my mind.

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trying the exercise. WOO hand hurts from doing that.  I'm sure it will get better as time goes on.

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Hi DanielB! The exercise suggested by you is good, especially for people who are adult beginners.(having crossed 50). Thank you.

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That video was great! hats_off

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Yehudi Menuhin's tutorials are great stuff, even for being shot back when video quality wasn't so great.

"This young wine may have a lot of tannins now, but in 5 or 10 years it is going to be spectacular, despite the fact that right now it tastes like crude oil. You know this is how it is supposed to taste at this stage of development." ~ Itzhak Perlman

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Ackkk! I...can't...do...it!!! Ugh.

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I tried these exercises in the car on the way home from work tonight.
I could only get one finger to move independently.
It nearly got me into a fight with another road user!!

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You should have taken your private jet instead. smile

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I am impressed with these unique configurations/exercises even tho there is no chance at all that I could ever do them justice dazed

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Fiddlerman said

You should have taken your private jet instead. smile

It had a bald tyre!
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