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What are the problems of the thumb and how do you solve them?

Teaching students about the thumb is as important as it is difficult. If the thumb is angled too high, the wrist sticks up. If the thumb joints bend inward, reach is compromised. If the thumb is not used properly in scales and arpeggios, either speed or articulation suffers. Yet, despite all these potential calamities, the thumb is often overl...
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