Horses for Courses?
We all know that Brain Surgeons & Rocket Scientists need to be brainy dudes, athletes need to be super fit, Ballet Dancers need to be fit & bendy & weight lifters need to be very, very strong, but what about Traditional Musicians?
Here, for example, is the Physique you must have to be able to play the Uilleann Pipes for hours on end:
& here are the twisted, warped hands of someone who has struggled with the brutes for a lifetime:
I suspect this ‘Water Hand’ is the hand of a fiddle player, or more probably a flute player, with the long slender fingers to cope with the stretch, plus, we all know how much saliva those guys produce in a nights session:
While this ‘Earth Hand’ may well be the short stumpy fingers of a Spoons or Bodhran player:
This ‘Air Hand’ is of course, with the short-ish stumpy-ish fingers, the hand of a whistle player:
& finally, the ‘Fire Hand’ surely belongs to Mandolin & Banjo players:
Now, that said, could experts on their own instrument & with an ‘intimate’ knowledge of the anatomy of other players of their instrument, (🙂) please tell us what special physical or mental attributes are required to play their instrument of choice?
I know, for example, that a Banjo player also needs to sit bolt upright, like he has a pole inserted - where the sun don’t shine - to get the right posture!
Any other ideas?