Hand Finger Strengthening Exercises For Playing Your Instrument Better
If you play the piano, you need strong fingers. Especially if you are a four-year-old child prodigy. But how do you strengthen your fingers? Here are some hand finger strengthening exercises to help you develop strong fingers. They are especially good if you have learned to play the piano by ear, and you didn’t focus on technique.
Using a squash ball
If you’re American, I bet you don’t know what a squash ball is. Here are some:
Squash balls are used to play squash. It is a sport played in a court with four walls and two players. The players hit the little rubber ball against a wall in turn. Sometimes they have to work hard to get the ball the other player has hit.
However, that’s not what you’re going to do if you want strong fingers. You are going to put the little ball in your hand, and take your fingers one at a time, and press the squash ball. The ball is quite strong and provides a good resistance. Your fingers get tired easily. This is why you should start slowly and build up the time you take strengthening each finger.
With little children, it is best to do five “stretches” at first for each finger. Then build up to thirty slowly. Increase by 1 count each day. Stop at the count where it gets too much, go back one, and stay there for a while. Then start building up again once it becomes easy.
Adults can start at 30 seconds for each finger, and add seconds every day until it becomes difficult. Stay on that count until it is not difficult anymore.
The Vulcan Salute
You start with the Vulcan salute by placing the 2nd and 3rd fingers together and the 4th and 5th fingers together. It will form a “V” in the middle, like the Vulcan Salute in Star Trek. You then bring the 3rd and 4th fingers together. Go back to the Vulcan Salute, and change between them. This not only strengthens your fingers, but it strengthens other muscles in your hand as well.
Start with the thumb, and make little circles with your fingers one by one. Hold the fingers that aren’t doing the exercise away from the one that is.
Now you have three very effective exercises you can do for strengthening your hands and fingers for playing your instrument that you can do anywhere.
There are also many exercises you can do on your instrument that will strengthen your fingers. See below.
These exercises are excellent for piano students
Guitar, mandolin and Banjo students have these exercises to strengthen their fingers
Violin students have these books for practicing strong fingers.
As always, if you have questions, ask them in the comments, or contact me.
Now go forth and practice!