282 • Exoskeleton

Finger independence is obviously a critical component of piano playing and needs cultivation. But so is and does arm independence. Polyrhythmic arm drops are a very good first step. Brahms Paganini Variations are a very good destination.

We sometimes play with 4 fingers, sometimes with 10, sometimes with 12 but always with two arms. When the arms are not independent, usually due to tension, and raised shoulders, the body forces both hands into the same movements, rhythmical articulation, and dynamics: Forklift Arms.

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