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key-treatment; muscular aspect.              77
The Three Chief Muscular Tests.
a): Knowledge of what constitutes correct muscular action and in-action at the Piano, proves that three points of muscular effici­ency are of paramount necessity:
c): We must test ourselves constantly during Practice and Performance, so that we may ensure compliance with these paramount necessities.'
d): The Three Muscular-tests required, are as follows:
Test I. To ensure proper Resting, and use of the Muscular-sense ; by freeing the finger and hand from contrary-exertions ; two Exs.:—
i): Employ a slight up-and-down balancing movement of the arm at the Wrist; the hand to lie loose, and the fingers to remain in contact with their respective keys. See to it, that no alteration occurs in the Weight resting on the keys, which must remain at their surface-level.
' As these tests form preventives of wrong-doing, they should invariably be practised the first thing every day.
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