Piano Technique: Think Thumbs

Your thumbs are extremely special and useful in at least three respects…

  1. Your thumbs are the most centrally-located fingers.
  2. Your thumbs are the fingers most directly in front of you in your field of vision.
  3. Your thumbs, in combination with any of your other fingers give you the maximum reach by opening your hand.

Implications: Whenever you play notes outside the middle registers of the keyboard, you can locate those notes without having to turn your head to look. Simply pay visual and tactile attention to where your thumbs are, then use your visio-spatial awareness of the keyboard and proprioception to effectively give your visio-spatial awareness an extra octave without looking!

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