Thursday, April 8, 2010

When I concentrate on not gluing my pinkies to my 4th fingers, they seem more relaxed, but it's an effortful relaxation. Keep practicing relaxing and remember to BREATHE.

Hopefully, the concentration on and new motion of my pinkies is not pulling the rest of my hand out of whack.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

I remember practicing last night. At least, I'm pretty sure I did. The "strength training" is obviously really engaging. (Side note: I really wish HTML included a sarcasm tag.)

I think I'm going to skip tonight. Of course, now that I type that, I don't want to skip it. Better than doing the dishes, I say.

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Sooo... I potentially figured out why I have problems playing scales. You know how I've been doing strength training and noticed my pinkies are flying everywhere? Well, when I play scales and cross the 4th finger (of both hands!) under, my pinkies hook under my 4th fingers and actually push them off the strings. Nice. This has been going on for years, I bet. Yet another bad habit to break. I hope using my pinkies correctly actually helps my scales, and isn't just for decoration.

On the plus side, I played for 45 minutes without any flare-ups.

But, still...