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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1911. Excerpt: ... RECONSTRUCTING THE HAND All things are possible to thought. ERHAPS no one but a pianist, and a pianist who is a teacher, is so keenly alive to the appearance of hands of the different people he comes in contact with. How quick he is to note the size, shape, length of fingers, as well as suppleness and condition. Some hands attract him greatly, and he would give much to be able to make them into musicians' hands,--though it often happens that their owners have no talent for, and no desire to study music. Others who have the ability and who are endeavoring to play the piano, are laboring under heavy difficulties, owing to the shape, size, or seeming weakness of their hands. They may struggle on for years, making little progress in hand development, simply because no one has put them on the right road. They doubtless believe that with many hours of daily practice they will enlarge the hand, gain the necessary strength, velocity and suppleness,--yet all the time they have no conception of the best means of obtaining the results they seek. Few players could have had greater difficulties to overcome than the writer. The hand was small, delicate and weak. No teacher in her early years ever gave her any logical or scientific method for improving these conditions. Later, two American teachers, one a wellknown pianist, the other a prominent educator, helped to solve the problem. Meanwhile she had made many experiments herself, with the result that the span of the hand and the stretch between the fingers were both much enlarged, and from being weak and flabby, the hand so developed in muscular strength as to enable her to play the Rubinstein D minor concerto, the Grieg concerto, Schumann's " Faschingsschwank" and the Liszt Rhapsodies, works, as all pianists know, th...
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Book Description General Books LLC, 2012. Paperback. Condition: Used: Good. Seller Inventory # SONG1235641805