Warm, warmer, fit!
It only takes little things to get your hands and fingers fit. Depending on your needs, you can also use it here specifically for technical support.
With just 2 balls, your hands can be effectively warmed up before practicing. To do this, place 2 or more balls on the palm of your hand. With the finger activity alone, you let the balls circle on the palm. Avoid, that the balls touch each other. Recommendation: In the beginning you can practice this while sitting - so that the balls do not fall from a great height - and consciously try to get the greatest possible distance between the balls again and again. And: Train both hands and both directions right from the start. With a little practice, this step by step works out better. Last but not least: You can train in opposite directions with both hands at the same time.
Find your size! Chose the smaller balls if you are unsure. As a benchmark: 25 mm balls are suitable for children and 30 mm balls in diameter for adolescents and adults with a normal hand size. We generally recommend using stainless steel balls. They tend to be a little heavier and put better pressure on the palm of your hand.
Finger massage rings
The finger massage rings are particularly suitable for people making music who need their fingers to be loose, well supplied with blood and flexible. After a short and correct use, the fingers feel looser and warmer and the sound becomes a softer component. Many players also describe that their fingers can become faster after using the ring and thus increase their tempo of playing. This is, why we use the rings. The rings also help with signs of fatigue, regardless of age and gaming experience. But not every ring is like the next. There are big differences. Greatest advantages:
Increases the speed of the fingers in a relaxed manner (e.g. scales, arpeggios)
- Improving trills and ornaments: The speed of the trills increases, the player tenses less, the decorations become more even and supple. You can achieve this if you combine the finger massage directly with trill exercises, for example, if you always alternate the trill exercises and the use of the ring.
Once the ring is on your finger, it should always be in motion to ensure blood flow. To do this, one should simply move the ring over the entire length of the finger, slowly or quickly. The speed results from what is comfortable for you.
Consider all phalanges/fingers
One likes to forget the last phalanx at the top of the fingernail.
Store and repair
Correct use also includes neatly storing the ring. It perfectly fits in all instrumental cases. Concert players also like to have one in their pocket so that they can use it at every opportunity.
Some rings have a clasp with which the inner radius can be changed slightly. Before a ring is declared broken, it is worth checking whether the closure can be resealed. The best thing to do is to try and see if you can twist the two ends back together. However, rings are difficult to repair if they have been stretched too far under the influence of force.
Impression from a teaching situation: Liza should increase the pace on a scale. She was given a ring that she tried out right away. She: "The fingers are so fast that I can no longer control them!" One week later: “Yes, I can control it. I just had to get used to the new speed first!"