Music: Ten-Finger Exercise

Great violinists or pianists, as the saying goes, often seem to have more talent in their little fingers than amateurs have in their entire bodies. Now a German physiology researcher says that is precisely where they do have their talent—in their little fingers, as well as their other fingers and wrists. Dr. Christoph Wagner, 41, a member of the Max Planck Institute of Work Physiology in Dortmund, has conducted tests on 160 violinists and as many pianists over a three-year period. His conclusion: instrumental virtuosity comes foremost from dexterity and pliancy in the...

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