Harry Kiesel wrote:My little finger is easily 2 1/2 cm shorter than the rest. I've tried using it but the way I have to angle my wrist prevents it. I suppose if the little finger isn't too much different in length this might work.
Whereas my pinky is only 1.7 c. shorter than my "a".
Harry Kiesel wrote:Does Postlewate (?sp) suggest that everyone should be able to use the pinky?
Well, dunno, really, the jury is out. As many people have done, I can point out that any pianist who didn't use one or the other pinky would be laughed out of the conservatory, and the same goes for any guitar player not using the left pinky. I have used it since I started playing in 1969, so naturally I don't really get what the problem is... the position is altered ever so slightly in the same way that it was radically altered from Sor's position in order to allow use of the ring finger. The right hand must be curved and relaxed in such a way that all four fingers can sit comfortably side by side on the high e string, touching each other. The longer fingers are curved more. If you are one of these people who play with the index and middle fingers sticking out straight, then of course the pinky will be two inches awoy from the strings.