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I'm failing to learn the piano, but slowly.
One of the problems (apart from the
ludicrous arrangement of black and white
notes on the keyboard, and the obvious
shortcomings of conventional musical
notation) is that it is difficult to learn the
correct fingering. (For those of you who
not piano-aware, you have to use the
correct fingers for each note, otherwise
you run out of fingers at a critical point.
It's important to learn correct fingering
scales and early pieces, to develop good
habits for later.)
The problem is that it is actually very
difficult to monitor your fingering. You
can be playing all the right notes, but
inadvertently using a fingering which will
get you into trouble when you learn more
MaxCo Music Inc (a wholly-owned
subsidiary of Buchanan Tar and Feather)
proudly presents the Piano Fingering
Corrector Gloves, and the associated
The piano could be acoustic, but is more
likely to be a good electronic one. Very
feeble electromagnetic pickups are
installed under each key. The Gloves
the fingertips exposed, but have a very
small coil which sits gently on the
fingernail. Each finger's coil is fed with a
sinewave signal at a different frequency.
Each time a note is played, the gubbins
the piano detects which finger played it
(by detecting which of the ten different
electromagnetic frequencies from the
glove is strongest at the receiver coil for
that key). Thus, it can tell what fingering
MaxCo. Music, Inc, also publishes a
of sheet music, scales, excercises, with
conventional fingering printed on the
page. Each piece also has a 2D barcode
printed in the corner, which can be read
by a scanner connected to the piano, to
tell the piano what fingering you should
Now, if you mis-finger, a little LED will
flash, or a discrete "doop" will emerge
from the speaker. Optionally, a small but
painful electric shock can zap a
repeatedly errant digit.
Piano playing gloves
[theircompetitor, Sep 16 2010]
Gloves help you play
[theircompetitor, Sep 16 2010]
||running out of fingers is usually a good indication you've bolloxed up the fingering. For aural cues, try playing without using the damper pedal.
||[FT] that's not the problem. The problem
is that you can easily learn a perfectly
workable but wrong fingering for scales or
It's only when you get on to more difficult
pieces (or need to work at a higher tempo,
where you don't have time for as many
hand movements) that it becomes obvious
that you've got it wrong - and by then, the
bad habits are ingrained.
||not necessarily MB, each piece you learn will require muscle memory for that piece. scales and long arpeggios are important for the gross motor skills. I.O W. all is not lost. I used to bite to offending finger so the pain would remind me. ps. I taught piano for 15+ years. therefore I must vote -
||on second thought this is still a useful invention, perhaps for games.
||Thank God for that damper pedal.
Great idea, [MB]! Keep up the practicing!
||//I used to bite to offending finger so the pain would remind me. ps. I taught piano for 15+ years.// This explains all those missing digits in the Eastern US! ...and people thought it was Yakuza infiltration!
||I had one of those, the luxury version, mind: my piano teacher would reach over and smack my hands.
||[MB] if this is a serious problem, look at the piece beforehand and pencil in workable fingering
||//look at the piece beforehand and
pencil in workable fingering// No, as
pointed out in the original post. Often,
the fingering is indicated and, if not, I
do indeed pencil it in where necessary.
||The problem is that you can run up and
down an impressive scale at lightning
speed, practicing it until you can do it
in your sleep. Then you do it in front of
your teacher and, without hesitation,
she'll say "you're using three on the
sharp on the way down the second
octave, instead of four".
||Then, you find yourself trying to repeat
it so that you can actually see which
finger you're using (because by this
point you're totally unoblivious to it),
and then you spend another week trying
to break yourself of the habit and use
the right finger.
||[Dent] surely you must have taught
standard fingering for scales? What do
you do when your pupil consistently
reaches the end of an octave with a
finger left over?
||I use a watchful eye, catch the mistake and stop them before it goes on., perfect practice makes perfect.