The First Principles Of Pianoforte Playing

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64                                   THE LIMBS EMPLOYED.
The main point with the Thrusting-attitude, Fig. 6, is, that the Knuckle must be sufficiently high to allow it easily to take the thrust of the fingers ;— wherefore some teachers bend the fingers very fully and hold the Knuckle exceedingly high with a low-dropped wrist.
The Clinging-action (Fig. 7) even admits of the Wrist-joint being either held quite high, or of being dropped below the level of the key-board,—pro­vided no running passage be attempted in the latter case. It also admits of the finger being as much curved with full key-depression as in thrusting-action— but such contracted position in this case modifies the tone-character from that resulting from the fully " flat,"—and " elastic " finger.
The main difference to be noted by the eye, is, that when the finger is well-raised as a preliminary, it is much curved in the first attitude, whereas it is al­most fully opened out in the second.
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