(1/25/01 9:20:47 pm)
This is the first time I have posted
on this board! I'm a student at Valparaiso University in Indiana.
Today at my lesson I had the pleasure, or should I say the pain of
starting Cossman's exercises for finger strength and agility. Have
any of you had to try them yet? My teacher gave them to me with the
rule that they would help get my fingers in shape, as long as I
don't hurt myself with them. Sounds like a good plan to me! Does anyone
have any tips on these? Or any horror stories about them? Just
(1/26/01 9:58:49 am)
They really aren't so
bad..... just remember to take it easy at first just like you would
with the Starker exercises. I think the Cossman helped me out quite
a bit. Have fun.
(1/27/01 11:35:39 pm)
Cossman Torture Exercises
Cossman excercises are awesome. My
teacher started me off pretty early on Cossman. It's been part of my
daily routine eversince i was introduced to them.
all you never want to play with pain, just ask Mr. Sazer. The trick
is that you must be completely relaxed when you play and your
fingers should not be flapping up and down really high. You want
your fingers to barely lift off the fingerboard, you want them to
flutter. Speed and agility comes easily when you have mastered this.
Remember to periodically check your intonation as well, you never
want to be playing "just notes".
Hope this helps.
(1/28/01 12:47:41 am)
Seriously, I love these! They appeal
to the logical, methodical scientific part of my brain (which I have
otherwise learned to shut off). They just...make sense, I guess. I'm
one of those sick people who actually ENJOY exercises and etudes,
etc. Don't hit me!