Have you ever stopped to look at your right hand pinky? Try it right now. Is it short, long, curvy, straight? What kind of a pinky do you have?
I think the poor little guy is often over-looked.
Our flute pinky is a very important part of playing our flute. But, I think the poor little guy is often over-looked.
When positioning our right hand on the flute, our right hand has a special job. It’s a job that must be kind of hard because special attention must be given to it at all times. It’s job is to “relax”. Yup, just relax.
Try this with me: hang your right arm down by your side and just relax it as if you don’t even remember it is there. What is your hand doing? It should be just hanging there. Now, don’t move a muscle in your forearm or hand, but lift your arm from your shoulder up so your hand is positioned laterally in front of your face. See that? Those fingers are curved by nature!
Those curved fingers are absolutely perfect hand position. Yup, our bodies were designed to play the flute… or vice-versa.
Remember the last sandwich you ate? Your fingers were probably in the same relaxed position. If they weren’t, you would have had a hard time holding that sandwich. If your fingers were tensed and curved, they would dig into the bread leaving holes and making it not so pretty to eat. If they were straight, your sandwich would fall to the floor before getting it to your mouth.
I hope I’m making a point here that our right hand pinky is to be curved and relaxed while playing the flute. It should push gently (using the pads of the finger) from above, not hammer like a straight bar.
Remember the sandwich people. 🙂