331 • Tuck like a crab, sting like a scorpion.

The four Lumbricalis muscles in the palm are covered by the surface of the palm, glabrous skin tissue. When the 4th and 5th fingers are tucked, the 2nd and 3rd fingers have a little more power to strike the keys due to the increased surface tension in the shear-stretched skin of the palm between the 3rd and 4th fingers. Used as a tool it can very effective: observe the use of tucked outer fingers in the hands of Vladimir Horowitz. He tucks like a crab and stings like a scorpion. It works only in combination with a flat finger technique, which Horowitz was a master of. My father as well as Leon Fleisher mentioned the flat finger technique to me as an arcane and almost lost art.

See: 330 • Flat fingers
See: 12 • What we play the piano with

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