Friday, January 13, 2012
Can you play it again, please?
As I piano teacher, it is my responsibility to teach my students proper technique, theory, counting, scales, arpeggios, how to sit properly, how to work the damper pedal smoothly, how to curve your hands and fingers, etc. Part of curving your hands and fingers is keeping your fingernails short. How can one play with the pads of your fingers if you have nails which make you straighten your fingers just to be able to hit the key? Well, the short answer is, you can't have nails and play the piano properly. I reminded myself of this tonight as I sat down to have my Jon Schmidt "fix" and was playing "The Dumb Song." It is quite jazzy, fast paced and Audrey and Derek inevitably dance to it. After finishing with my rapid eighth notes (fast notes) followed by a few glissandos (using the back of your fingernails you trail up and down the keys) I looked down because my thumb nail felt a bit weird. Yep. I bent it backwards a smidge on the outside corner. Guess I need to heed my own advice. :)