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Offline Johnnylightning

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DIGI-FLEX®
« on: June 20, 2003, 01:54:10 AM »
Has anybody tried using a hand held, excrcise device called the DIGI-FLEX® to strengthen and flex finger/hand muscles?  I've heard of gutarrists using it and was wondering if a pianist could benefit from its use.  It resembles a grip work-out apparatus, only each finger (thumb excluded) gets worked-out individually.  Only other thing that I know about this device, is that it is used primarily for theraputic purposes.
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Re: DIGI-FLEX®
«Reply #1 on: June 21, 2003, 09:10:17 AM »
Don't know about the DigiFlex, but if you want to *work out* your fingers to get them in shape, I used the exercises from a book called Piano Power by Richard Prokop.  It's a fast, easy book to read, and doing these exercises for even just a few weeks made a humongous difference in my hand strength and flexibility and finger independence when I was trying to get *back into* the piano playing.  I got the book through Amazon - it wasn't expencsive either.
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Re: DIGI-FLEX®
«Reply #2 on: June 22, 2003, 10:34:06 PM »
As long as it doesnt have too much resistance (slightly less than what a grand's action would give) I would use it but sparingly and only when you can't practice on a piano for some reason. Just remember that generally its more difficult to have finer control over your finger movements when you have bigger muscles, and too much work even with a low resistance could cause tension in your hands that makes it even harder to play.
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Offline Johnnylightning

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Re: DIGI-FLEX®
«Reply #3 on: June 25, 2003, 05:03:19 AM »
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Just remember that generally its more difficult to have finer control over your finger movements when you have bigger muscles, and too much work even with a low resistance could cause tension in your hands that makes it even harder to play.


AHHHH! Did'nt know that! Thanks jdskee.  (Now I wonder how much I could get for this contraption on eBay)

I guess your right, DinosaurTales, I just gotta' play my butt off to get good!  I'll look up the book ;)
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Re: DIGI-FLEX®
«Reply #4 on: June 25, 2003, 07:09:15 AM »
Oh crap!  My brain just fell out!
So much music, so little time........