366 • Michelangelo’s hand

In every solar system in the galaxy is a range around the sun within which the ideal distance and trajectory for a life sustaining environment is provided. Astronomers and astrobiologists term that range the Habitat- or Life Zone, colloquially the "Goldilocks Zone", the "just right" distance from the sun. Not surprisingly our planet is in the Goldilocks Zone around our star - 2% further out and global glaciation would envelop the planet.

In every pianistic system is a range in which the physical body - torso, arms, hands, and fingers - finds an ideal position to interact with the instrument. The torso must find balance. The arm must be mobile. The hand, in particular, has a Goldilocks range of angles and positions in which it stands like a dome on the keys, balanced by the arm, with an organic connection to the instrument, the fingers like flexible columns supporting weight and momentum of the arm; the "just right" distance and trajectory from the keyboard. The uninhabitable zones are where the hand is cut off from arm weight, either by tension, stiffness, and/or a bad angle, which makes the fingers claw at the keyboard and prevents natural arm movement. The natural connection of weight to the keyboard through arm, hand, and finger is different for every pianist, but masters seek and find the Goldilocks Zone for their hands.

An ideal position we find in the divine hand by Michelangelo Buonarroti on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel. The hand is an instrument of creation, and in Michelangelo’s rendering it gives life. The pianist’s hand gives life to sound. Find your Michelangelo Hand.

Michelangelo Hand

 

See: 1 • Schumann’s Hand


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