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Offline awesom_o

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Hand Fart Stairway to Heaven
« on: May 08, 2014, 02:10:23 AM »
This guy is so talented... it literally makes me sick!



Have you ever heard such musical flatulence?

I've been working diligently on my hand farting, but I can still only make one nasty note, and it doesn't have much pitch or tone.

Is anybody here good at this? Any tips for extending range and making notes sustain longer?

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Re: Hand Fart Stairway to Heaven
«Reply #1 on: May 08, 2014, 05:01:43 AM »
I believe this may be a case where the anatomy of the hand is of great importance, not just having the right technique. I may be wrong, but with my bony hands it just seem impossible to get a proper sound, no matter how I practice :(

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Re: Hand Fart Stairway to Heaven
«Reply #2 on: May 08, 2014, 02:37:01 PM »
I used to think that too.... but then I found this girl, who admittedly isn't as much of a hand-fart virtuoso.... but she's still pretty incredible..... and scarcely an ounce of fat on her whole body:


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Re: Hand Fart Stairway to Heaven
«Reply #3 on: May 08, 2014, 02:53:38 PM »
I used to think that too.... but then I found this girl, who admittedly isn't as much of a hand-fart virtuoso.... but she's still pretty incredible..... and scarcely an ounce of fat on her whole body:



She may still have more suitable hands. Body fat in general say nothing about the shape of one's hands or the amount of soft tissue on them. Probably shorter fuller fingers with flat palm would be better to avoid leakage of air...

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Re: Hand Fart Stairway to Heaven
«Reply #4 on: May 08, 2014, 04:56:03 PM »
That's both impressive and one of the stupidest things I've seen.








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*Bob attempts hand farts but can only make air sounds.*  ::)  Guess I'm not going to Julliard with this instrument....
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Re: Hand Fart Stairway to Heaven
«Reply #5 on: May 08, 2014, 05:55:34 PM »
That's both impressive and one of the stupidest things I've seen.


I guess this is just not the right place, I'm sure we could get much better advice on hand fart forums  >:(

Anyway, back to technique...
I seem to get a better tone with sucking in than blowing? Also I am wondering whether I should practice with alternating hand positions as well?

But I think I just learned a new piece! I was able to make two different pitches  :D

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Re: Hand Fart Stairway to Heaven
«Reply #6 on: May 10, 2014, 02:19:12 AM »
I think if you really want to impress, the hands free version is the way to go.
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Re: Hand Fart Stairway to Heaven
«Reply #7 on: May 10, 2014, 02:33:08 AM »

Anyway, back to technique...


Handini7 has an excellent series of video tutorials which range from covering the basics of making a sound to playing advanced music:



I also seem to be producing better tone by reverse squeezing. I got quite a bit better today after watching Handini7's videos and practicing for an hour or two.

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Re: Hand Fart Stairway to Heaven
«Reply #8 on: May 10, 2014, 08:09:10 AM »
Thanks for the video link!

I think I might have serious faults in my technique though...After about half an hour of practicing, my right palm started to hurt...so I definitely need some teaching to avoid developing RSI...

Or I might reconsider having this as my second instrument, since I worry about the effects to my piano playing...Maybe I just stick to my other plan to get my flute fixed...:)

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Re: Hand Fart Stairway to Heaven
«Reply #9 on: May 10, 2014, 01:43:21 PM »
Hand farts... Let it go.
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Re: Hand Fart Stairway to Heaven
«Reply #10 on: May 10, 2014, 06:15:22 PM »
Thanks for the video link!

I think I might have serious faults in my technique though...After about half an hour of practicing, my right palm started to hurt...so I definitely need some teaching to avoid developing RSI...
 

Handini says that soreness is an indicator that the hands have received a good workout. He recommends taking a protein supplement to help the body rebuild.

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Re: Hand Fart Stairway to Heaven
«Reply #11 on: May 11, 2014, 09:26:54 AM »
Handini says that soreness is an indicator that the hands have received a good workout. He recommends taking a protein supplement to help the body rebuild.

I am a bit worried about stressing the nerves and joints, having suffered from carpal tunnel problems before. I am hypermobile and the palm bones give in a lot from the pressure and the fingers dig in painfully. Also the joints at the wrist get sore.

Anyway, I found it is possible to even make a second and 3rd voice by letting the air escape at the same time from the pinky side of the hand and between the 3rd and 4th finger. But it must be really difficult to control this for consistency. I guess Mr. Handini is right about the need for years of practice... 

I haven't had time to watch all the videos yet, but how do you keep the thumb of the pressing hand? Straight or bended? I noticed that I get a nice firm sound if I keep the thumb between the 1st and second finger. I wonder if it's customary to change the position of the hands while playing?