finger stretches

Music Practicing 101 - Finger Push Ups

This finger exercise is one I learned at one of my early piano lessons, many moons ago. It's a hand exercise to strengthen those musical fingers, especially our very weak finger #4.
I detested it during those early piano practices, but I must say, my Finger #4's are better because of it. My students and I have dubbed it "Finger Push Ups":

Practicing Music 101 - Warm Up Stretches

One area that music students (as well as working musicians!) tend to ignore is stretching. Musicians are, in fact, small muscle athletes. It is important to take care of those delicate muscles that we have, not only to prevent repetitive strain injuries, but to ensure that we can enjoy making music for many years.
Here's a quick video from my Practicing Music 101 series with seven warm-up stretches for the hands, arms and shoulders:
Check out my articles on Suite101 about Arm & Hand Stretches, Face & Neck Stretches and Back & Shoulder Stretches for more information. Happy practicing!