My fingers are curving inwards when I’m playing. Is that problematic? Any way to fix it?

My fingers (esp. on my right) are curving inwards when I’m playing. Is that problematic? Any way to fix it?

@chopinwithme

Yes it’s a problem, but it’s fixable – I’ll give you the exercises on how to do them.

Usually this is due to lack of finger strength. The first step is to make sure you have proper hand position and form. If you are sitting properly at the piano, you should have a slight lean forward when you extend your arms straight and place your fists against the backboard of the piano.

The top of your wrists should be level, more or less flat with the keys. You will want to rest your fingers are the keys, like a spider. Do not be tense, but have firm strength in keeping your curve when you press down a key.

The exercises you can do include:

Exercise Number 1 is the 5 Finger Exercise

Your basic 5 note scale playing C-D-E-F-G.
Your goal is to play each note firmly, feel each key press go down to the bottom, while maintaining your curve in the fingers, keeping the wrist level. You’ll take anywhere from 1 month to 3 years to perfect this form without thinking about it.

Exercise Number 2 is Hanon

This is a series of progressively difficult exercises to build your dexterity and finger strength.

Start with Hanon No. 1, work on each one until you master each one.

Master each exercise until Hanon No. 31. You can keep going but this is a good first milestone.

Exercise Number 3, you will want to incorporate Technique into your daily practice, including:

Major Scales
Minor Scales
Solid Chords
Broken Chords
Arpeggios

All of this will require that you learn to count and play with the metronome.
If you don’t know how to count while you play you can start with this:

Step 1: Set the metronome to a slow speed like mm = 60
Step 2: Clap with each tick – tock – tick – tock.
Step 3: While clapping, count: 1 – 2 – 3 – 4
Step 4: Without changing how fast you clap, say “AND” in between each clap.
For example, if you had to counting + clap 4 beats
You say: 1 AND 2 AND 3 AND 4 AND
You read: 1 + 2 + 3 + 4 +
You clap: 4 times

We abbreviate “AND” with the plus “+” sign
The “+” is used to count subdivisions between main beats. In this case, the main beats are quarter notes.
Adding “+” would be counting the eighth notes to get a better understanding of how long to hold the quarter notes for.

We can count the next subdivision: sixteenth notes (1/16th), but this is all we need to get started when counting for now.

When ready, you will transfer your counting skill to playing your 5 Finger Scale, Hanon, and technique. This way, you will maintain your evenness, accuracy, and precision, while strengthening your fingers.

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