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Lesson 3
Lesson 03:

FOR DEVELOPING INDEPENDENT MOVEMENT OF THE FINGERS

Six Photographs Nos. 1-12-13-14-15-16 (Photograph No. 1 sent with Lesson 1).

The photographs show the left hand. The exercises however are to be practised first with the left hand, beginning at photo No. 1 and ending at photo No. 14, then with the right hand. Only one hand at a time - never both together. See paragraph in capitals below.

Practise for ten minutes at night and ten minutes in the morning. All the attention should be concentrated on the various movements - the mere working of the fingers is not sufficient - in order to obtain the best results. '

Each movement should involve the fullest possible contractions. If not very robust commence with five minutes' practice night and morning, and increase the time to ten minutes on the third day.

In the fingers are three joints, the joint near the nail, the middle joint, and the joint at the root of the finger, which we will term the first, middle and third joints respectively.

The first or starting position is shown in photo No. 1, fingers well back, and an equal distance apart, the hand being held wide open so that the 'webbing' is being slightly stretched. Hold this position for ten seconds, but not so strenuously as to hurt the webbing. Then change to the second position, as in photo No. 12, the fingers being fully bent and held for ten seconds. Next adopt the third position, as shown in photo No. 13, retaining this also for ten seconds and finally the fourth position, as shown in photo No. 14. holding this similarly for ten seconds.




Now do these movements with the right hand, then again with the left, and again with the right, until you have exercised for ten minutes, by which time there should be a feeling of mild tiredness in the fingers.

NOTE THAT PHOTOGRAPHS 15 AND 16 DO NOT INDICATE POSITIONS: THEY ARE MERELY SIDE VIEWS OF THE HAND SHOWING THE CORRECT AND INCORRECT POSITIONS. PHOTOGRAPH 15 SHOWS THE FINGERS CORRECTLY FLEXED FROM THE THIRD JOINT, BUT KEPT QUITE STRAIGHT IN THEMSELVES. PHOTOGRAPH 16 SHOWS THE FINGERS INCORRECTLY FLEXED, THE FINGERS NOT BEING KEPT STRAIGHT IN THEMSELVES.


In photo No.14 the fingers not flexed CAN be kept QUITE UPRIGHT; in photo No.13 the fingers not flexed CAN be kept NEARLY upright: in photo No.12 the fingers not flexed CANNOT be kept QUITE upright.

Care must be taken not to overstrain, either by exercising too strenuously or by exceeding the time specified.

The exercise of Lesson 2 should now be discontinued in favour of the present exercise.

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