Hoffman Academy Lesson 13 Homework

There are a few things you can do to help with tension in your hand. Try starting practice time with a little bit of gentle finger stretching. Open and close your hands several times, then shake them out and let them hang loose. Then, while playing, make a conscious effort to keep each finger in a relaxed, curved shape. Don’t worry if it takes a while to get the hang of it–just be patient with yourself and keep working at it. You can also try this exercise: Step away from the piano for a minute and find a hard surface like a table or your piano bench. Rest your fingers on the surface in a relaxed, curved position, then gently lift each finger one at a time while keeping your other fingers and wrist relaxed and still. Also, try applying gentle pressure to the surface one finger at a time – there should be basically no movement in your hand, but you’ll feel your muscles working as each finger presses down. These may seem like little things, but it’s a great way to focus on developing correct finger posture and to develop your muscles. I’d also recommend you review our blog post about keeping fingers relaxed at the keyboard. I hope that helps!

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