Topic of the Week: Hand Grip


Note: I have been writing this for the last whole week but since my computer and server have been down there was simple no way for me to finish this (still not done completely as I could not process the videos in English yet so they are in Cantonese now, except so far the first one which has both English and Cantonese versions). The topic of the week should be for last week. But anyhow, this is useful for any week of the month/year. Our hand grip.


HAND GRIP


This week we want to talk about the handgrip. This is one of the most basic things that we should be concerned about in building a good foundation in our technique.

Many of us focus too much on keeping the fingers stand at the beginning. The finger stand is very important but not easy to handle. In fact we are so concerned with keeping a firm finger stand, with the first knuckles out etc., that makes the hands become more and more tense in the process. We think that the finger stand is of the utmost priority, followed by the supple wrist and then the arm weight, body weight etc etc.

Hence we are neglecting the hand grip.


VIDEO 1~
For Cantonese:




For English:




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What is a hand grip ?

Hand grip is about the palm, the flesh, the connection among the fingers.

As we think so much about getting the fingers independent and all, the fingers become isolated in action. It might help to articulate each note clearly at the beginning, but in the long run the fingers become out of control, rhythm uneven, and notes sounding harsh and disconnected.

We need our palms to support our fingers, make the connection, provide energy and smooth lines. I call it “connecting the dots”.

Do you remember the little games that we play, connecting the dots with lines and eventually you see what the picture is, maybe it’s a dog or an aero plane? That’s what we do here, we draw the invisible lines with our palms (supported further by our whole arms, which will be explained in later posts), to connect those dots -our fingers.

Now let’s take a look at the next two videos:

VIDEO 2 ~
For Cantonese:



VIDEO 3 ~
For Cantonese:




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This is just the beginning of how we can pay more attention to our hand grip from now on. In the next post, I shall talk more about how we manage to keep a firm hand grip at the same time maintain a supple wrist and move the whole arm more freely.

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