256 • Maulstick

Like the jeweler or watch maker, looking through a diamond lens, operate a precision instrument resting their hands on the table to have a point of reference, and painters, e.g. Dali, use a maulstick to control fine paintbrush strokes, we, when playing with fine finger technique (finger independence), can perch the hand on a long note in holding exercises, but in performance (and thus in practice) arm weight has to be statically balanced (like a high quality record player's tone arm) so that the fingers can operate in full support and absolute independence.

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