After 6’4″ Big Mike sits snugly in front of my Baldwin grand–his knees crushing in on him, he’s thoroughly prepared to avoid a set of land mines that trigger a wrong note implosion.
Normally when his mega-sized third finger depresses a G, wedged between framing black notes, he’s at HUGE risk to strike TWO notes instead of ONE. In this testy keyboard terrain, an unwanted Gb joins the pity party, channeling a dissonant minor second that poses a threat to all surrounding notes. (especially if they belong to a five-finger Eb MAJOR position)
But MIKE has it all figured out. He can maneuver around G, by pulling his hand out of danger, making the bumpy ride over the keys virtually non-existent. With an artful rotation in full swing, he’s armed to confront and eradicate any traps in the making.
If you don’t believe me, here’s the Big Guy in action!
The Big Hand/Little Hand Controversy
Wise thoughts about fingering, big hands, small hands and the rest (Author: Rami Bar-Niv)