Lessons tagged with 'Thumb'

The thumb is a foundation of everything

The thumb gives the arm a function, it builds it up while we play

Alan Fraser
Jun 4, 2024

Piano Somatics & All Thumbs: Well-Coordinated Piano Technique

Alan's introduces his third book, all about the thumb's crucial role in empowering the entire hand at the piano

Alan Fraser
May 22, 2024

Piano Somatics and scale playing

Alan asks whether the hand really passes over the thumb in scales... or not?

Alan Fraser
Apr 9, 2024

Piano Somatics examines the role of the thumb in playing scales

Alan shows how the thumb needs to be more fully utilized if a scale is going to shine and run quickly.

Alan Fraser
Apr 7, 2024

We have to move the thumb without "limping"

Let's face it, the thumb is not like the other four fingers on your hand

Alan Fraser
Feb 2, 2023

The movement of thumb opposition is the key

The more you oppose the better all the fingers work. Get that power to your hand

Alan Fraser
Aug 20, 2022

You need to figure out the thumb

In short, Alan sumarizes all the aspects needed for a healthy piano technique

Alan Fraser
May 24, 2022

Metacarpal function of the thumb

without standing or making the thumb vertical

Alan Fraser
Aug 6, 2021

The great deal of robust positive standing energy

if your finger stays tense your thumb is not standing well, same for fingers, if they are solid, thumb will be fine

Alan Fraser
Jul 20, 2021

Thumb capability

"Standing the thumb on the nail"

Alan Fraser
Jul 8, 2021

Forearm movement to the rescue

Going laterally helps the fingers and makes the angle of arm to finger to key actually good

Alan Fraser
Apr 9, 2021

You don't have to put the thumb under

but over actually and it also helps you STAND UP

Alan Fraser
Dec 17, 2020

Find that ballance point

It's an internal state that needs to be constantly cultivated

Alan Fraser
Dec 10, 2020

Learn how to strengthen your thumb knee

Get it as high as you can

Alan Fraser
Dec 9, 2020

If you are feeling tension

you better find another way of playing it

Alan Fraser
Dec 8, 2020

Stand on 2nd finger, reach thumb to inside

Pianimals teachers exercise 21

Alan Fraser
Aug 9, 2020

The thumb: tromping trolls and leaping stallions

Pianimals teachers exercise 11

Alan Fraser
Jul 16, 2020

The versatile, agile, potent thumb

Pianimals teachers exercise 6

Alan Fraser
Jul 14, 2020

Empower the thumb

Exercise 2

Alan Fraser
Jun 4, 2020

Awaken the main part of the hand

Forget holding an apple, supination does not let your hand fall down

Alan Fraser
Apr 28, 2020

If the arm freezes, it's game over

Everybody wants to over secure but tense up. Arm needs to be in motion all the time

Alan Fraser
Apr 26, 2020

Finger islation is totallty anti functional

In independence, there is always inter dependence

Alan Fraser
Apr 24, 2020

Thumb flexion is not good for your hand

Thumb can move in three different ways but we don't want to flex it really

Alan Fraser
Apr 18, 2020

Confidence - Your Hand Must Be Set up Well

Hand hip joint, curled thumb

Alan Fraser
Oct 31, 2019

How to Teach Rotation?

It is a fluid state of your hand. Link it to the thumb!

Alan Fraser
Mar 8, 2019

Elasticity for the Left Hand and the Thumb

Alan is playing through this etude and giving us insight in how his mind works

Alan Fraser
Oct 17, 2018

Chopin-Etude in C Sharp Minor Op 10 No 4

It's really an etude for the thumb - Alan (45 min long)

Alan Fraser
Aug 16, 2018

The Thumb is Only Doing its Job

If you are not swiveling your hand

Alan Fraser
Aug 3, 2018

I am Apposing my Thumb to The Fingers

and what kind of sound do I get?

Alan Fraser
Jul 30, 2018

Thumb Corkscrew Action

Creates a moving entity

Alan Fraser
Jun 5, 2018

The Thumb Goes Under or Maybe Not

The oldest questions in the piano book

Alan Fraser
May 22, 2018

If you See the Hand Swiveling Horizontally

Then the thumb and fingers aren't functional

Alan Fraser
May 14, 2018

Individuation of the Sound

The hand has this amazing capacity to individuate parts of itself from within

Alan Fraser
Apr 8, 2018

Healthy and Exuberant Thumb

The thumb should not be dysfunctional

Alan Fraser
Mar 5, 2018

The Power that Animates a Scale

The thumb needs to do this amazing carrying job

Alan Fraser
Feb 14, 2018

Improve Hand Organization for More Beautiful Sound in Fats Waller

Inner hand action and the thumb differentiation

Alan Fraser
Jan 8, 2018

The Thumb is Always Under

Where does the thumb opposition start? Balcony position

Alan Fraser
Oct 2, 2017

Why Do We Need to Straighten the Thumb

When the thunb stands well, the fingers can move freely

Alan Fraser
Oct 2, 2017

Constantly Cultivating Sense of Opposition and Classification of the Hand

How to develop an elastic component of the hand?

Alan Fraser
Sep 25, 2017

Keeping the Hand Functional While the Thumb Goes to a Distant Note

And why is thumb opposition so important?

Alan Fraser
Sep 25, 2017

Elasticity is not Quite Like Tension

Much of our movement is elastically generated, not just muscle contraction

Alan Fraser
Sep 25, 2017

Why is the Thumb so Rich

Some of you might already be familiar with the fuction of the thumb but it's good to recap.

Alan Fraser
Sep 25, 2017
Alan Fraser
Sep 6, 2017

Play The Scales Like Chico Marx

The springiness of the thumb is what gets us through

Alan Fraser
Aug 28, 2017

Stepping Stones - Going Down

The springy thumb is powering the whole motion

Alan Fraser
Aug 22, 2017

The Hand is a Bipartite Structure

Fingers/thumb and the wrist

Alan Fraser
Jul 25, 2017

Scales - Going Down

The thumb carries the hand. Springiness!

Alan Fraser
Jun 23, 2017

Make the Length of the Fingers the Same

Changing the angle of the hand does not help muscles and they stop working.

Alan Fraser
Jun 11, 2017

Chopin - Etude Op 10 No 1 - Ascending Arpeggio

We are actually braking the hand structure and figuring out what is needed here

Alan Fraser
Jun 8, 2017

Putting the Thumb Under in Scales

Alan is busting the myth: opposition, not flexion

Alan Fraser
Jun 5, 2017

Do not Bend Your Thumb

Energy infusion needed to not bend your thumbs

Alan Fraser
Mar 20, 2017

Play it with Elan

Playing from the gut, giving the hand more energy and enthusiasm and a bit about martial art

Alan Fraser
Mar 17, 2017

Activate the Thumb

Alan is helping Adrien activate his thumb and make it a bit more organic by allowing it to push the hand up.

Alan Fraser
Mar 17, 2017

Elastic Standing

A fresh take on arm weight. Thumb through shoulder connection via elastic thumb

Alan Fraser
Mar 15, 2017

Elastic Loading of the Thumb

Asked by: markeog

Alan Fraser
Mar 12, 2017

Left Hand Scales

Alan is showing Jean a few exercises for the left hand scales.

Alan Fraser
Feb 15, 2017

Functional Wrist and Thumb for Better Scales

Stable wrist, rotation and functional thumb are prerequisites for healthy scales

Alan Fraser
Feb 5, 2017

Rotation and the Thumb

Alan is bringing the thumb into the picture. Rotating the opposite way?

Alan Fraser
Jan 16, 2017

The Functional Relationship of Thumb and the Finger

Making a tiny adjustments and the thumb being activated

Alan Fraser
Jan 13, 2017

The Thumb and Rotation

Rotation in relation with the thumb

Alan Fraser
Jan 11, 2017

Liszt-Liebestraum in A Flat Major - The Thumb Part 1

Another recent lesson with a focus on the thumb, orchestration and sound

Alan Fraser
Nov 14, 2016

Exercises for Injured Thumb

Alan and Jean are working around the injury and trying to make the thumb work again

Alan Fraser
Oct 27, 2016

Neutral Thumb

Question on the thumb neutrality

Alan Fraser
Aug 11, 2016

On Collapsed Thumb

Alan answers the question on the collapsed thumb

Alan Fraser
Aug 6, 2016

Fixing Up The Collapsed Thumb Part 1

An amazing lesson on thumb, must see!

Alan Fraser
Aug 3, 2016


Arm thumb is an extention of the radius

Alan Fraser
Jul 30, 2016

Do Not Bend The Thumb

Alan talks about bending of the thumb

Alan Fraser
Jul 27, 2016

The Thumb Opposition And Rotation in Scales

An ongoing conversation on the rotation and thumb opposition

Alan Fraser
Jul 22, 2016

The Whole Finger Action Via Thumb Opposition

Thumb opposition is one of the basic hands movements and Alan explains why is it very importnat in piano playing

Alan Fraser
Jun 5, 2016

Thumb Exercises

We are finishing up this series with various exercises designed to separate sensory infomration and musculary effort

Alan Fraser
May 16, 2016

Tension in the Thumb

Alan is explaining how to get rid of unnecessary tension in the thumb

Alan Fraser
May 12, 2016

Hyperextended Thumb

Alan talks about how to properly address the hyperextended thumb

Alan Fraser
Apr 27, 2016

Clamped Thumb and The Flat Structure

Alan talks about the flat but active structure and the thumb

Alan Fraser
Apr 20, 2016

Octaves and The Thumb

We are talking about the thumb and octaves in this lesson

Alan Fraser
Apr 18, 2016

The Thumb Corkscrew

A useful exercise that gives thumb a great deal of mobility

Alan Fraser
Apr 14, 2016

The Thumb Neutrality

Why do we use the thumb? A little bit of history and anatomy

Alan Fraser
Apr 12, 2016

The Thumb in Scales

Alan is talking about the thumb, scales..

Alan Fraser
Apr 8, 2016

The Thumb

Some new and old things about the thumb

Alan Fraser
Apr 4, 2016

The Functional Thumb

Thumb's role and function in a healthy structure

Alan Fraser
Apr 2, 2016

How Can Thumb Play the Piano?

Short lesson on the thumb and how we started playing with it

Alan Fraser
Mar 19, 2016

Thumb and the Rest of the Hand

Asked by: hadarmo2

Alan Fraser
Jan 2, 2016
Alan Fraser
Dec 11, 2015

Business About the Straight Thumb

On thumb and the arch via Chopin

Alan Fraser
Dec 7, 2015

Metacarpals and Rotation in Octaves

Last day of AFFI Smith 2015 lecture/Q&A

Alan Fraser
Nov 11, 2015

Proactive Hand

We talk about the arch, the thumb, standing up and proactive hand

Alan Fraser
Oct 27, 2015

Solidify the Structure Through the Movement

The effects strengthening of the hand has on speed and movement

Alan Fraser
Oct 7, 2015
Alan Fraser
Oct 2, 2015

Thumb Pushups

Stand up on the thumb

Alan Fraser
Sep 19, 2015

Trouble with the Arch and Arm Feldenkrais

Alan works on student's arch.

Alan Fraser
Sep 18, 2015

More on Thumb Individuation

Asked by: 57walker

Alan Fraser
Sep 14, 2015

Various Technical Concepts

Alan talks about several different technical concepts, joined thumbs, tension vs tonus..see Points of Interest for more details

Alan Fraser
Sep 5, 2015

Lecture on the Thumb Part 2

Part 2, Hope, MI

Alan Fraser
Aug 4, 2015

Lecture on the Thumb Part 1

Opening lecture from Hope, MI 2015 Institute

Alan Fraser
Jul 30, 2015

Standing on the Thumb

Asked by: 57walker

Alan Fraser
Jul 16, 2015

Mendelssohn Dueto Op.38 No.6 and on Relaxation Part 2

Alan is takling about the hand, thumb, finger action

Alan Fraser
Apr 20, 2015

Lecture on the Thumb - Eitorf 2014

Intro lecture from Eitorf, Germany 2014 Institute

Alan Fraser
Dec 27, 2014

Chopin - Nocturne Op.9 No.2 Part 2

This part is all about the thumb and hand structure

Alan Fraser
Oct 17, 2014

Lecture on the Thumb - Ottawa 2014 Part 2

Alan is talking about how to build strength in the first dorsal interosseous.

Alan Fraser
Aug 13, 2014

Lecture on the Thumb - Ottawa 2014 Part 1

When thumb is trying to oppose itself to the hand, it drwas itself into right relationship with the hand

Alan Fraser
Aug 5, 2014

Concord-NH 2014 Lecture on the Thumb Part 2

Full structural support and no interference of muscular holding

Alan Fraser
Jul 10, 2014

Concord-NH 2014 Lecture on the Thumb Part 1

Day two of the Institute. Lecture on th Thumb! Can the thumb really help the hand while playing?

Alan Fraser
Jul 7, 2014

Lecture on the Thumb Part 2

Part 2 - Alan's lecture on the Thumb, Alan Fraser's Institute 2013

Alan Fraser
Jun 11, 2014

Lecture on the Thumb Part 1

A lecture on the Thumb given to participants of Alan's Institute in 2013

Alan Fraser
Jun 9, 2014