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It is also thanks to our hands that making music becomes possible. What they are expected to achieve is largely given by the instrument and the musical requirements. What they can achieve varies greatly between every individual.     


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  • HAND UND INSTRUMENT describes the requirements a human’s hand needs to meet for the various instruments (Chap. B).

  • The book explains the anatomical structure and functions, both of the arm and the hand, as well as their relevance in view of handling an instrument (Chap. C and D).

  • The book sheds light on the intra-individual differences between musicians’ hands, a fact so far widely unrecognized. Scientific measurements taken of approximately 1000 professional musicians, ranging from competition winners to “difficult” cases, form the background for the results presented in this book (Chap. F and Appendix).

  • The book illustrates the close connection between the manual “givens” and the individual’s musical biography. For this purpose, the individual “Hand Profile” is drawn on: Of the respective musician’s hand, 20 to 40 characteristics are arranged in a graph, allowing to compare the individual data with the musician’s reference group. By doing so, a differentiated view on the hand’s strong points and limitations in direct relation to the instrument can be obtained (Chap. G.).
    Such a Hand Profile is the result of a highly detailed examination by means of specially developed apparatuses (Biomechanical Hand Measurement, Chap. E).

  • The “Pragmatic Hand Evalution”  enables the reader to evaluate his/her own hand (or that of a student) by comparing it with the respective reference group. The procedure is based on the Biomechanical Hand Measurement mentioned above. However, it limits itself to a selection of the hands’ characteristics and does not require special apparatuses (Chap. H).

  • HAND UND INSTRUMENT was developed in co-operation with musicians. The chapters, connected by numerous cross-references, can be read independently of each other. The book does not require special knowledge to become accessible.

  • The book addresses any person playing an instrument, be this amateur or professional. But above all, it seeks to attract the special attention of music teachers, from beginners’ education to university level. At the same time, it serves as a reference for instrument makers, physicians, physiotherapists and psychotherapists in the field of musician's medicine, Feldenkrais-, Alexander-, Eutony-teachers etc.