- 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
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).
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
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
- 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.