HAND STRENGTHENING EXERCISES:
When does the instrument "disappear"?


"Hand strengthening exercises" make "MARGIN" AND "RESERVE" possible for a musician as they do for any other athlete.

These two words are encountered and used in many, many areas which call for drilling and practicing in physical skills.

As I see it: "Margin/reserve" has two sources:

The FIRST Component is: purely and specifically the "physical" component - It is the surplus of strength and flexibility and responsiveness of THE BODY ITSELF. [For a musician, the hands primarily.]

Then there is THE SECOND COMPONENT, which is: The background of hours and hours of drill and practice and technique IN EXCESS of need to execute "the moves" - This is more the "MUSCLE MEMORY" or "CONDITIONED REFLEX" component.

It's a known principle in many activities which use complex actions and motion, that just practicing UP TO the point of "getting it" is NOT enough. One has to practice BEYOND that point to really "burn-in" those skills - Like the slogan above says.

"MARGIN" or "RESERVE", for a musician, is Having the capacity which can be called upon instantaneously to assimilate new skills and techniques, to meet the unexpected turns and stresses and physical demands of live performance, as in improvising, or, even when not improvising, to have a RESERVE of strength, speed and flexibility to allow the instrumentalist to attain that "flow" in which the technique and the instrument disappear.

So, these two components compliment and reinforce each other.

"The SECOND component", "MUSCLE MEMORY" - comes from correct, diligent practice in sufficient amount to "burn-in" the skill.  [To learn more about this, see our section on "DELIBERATE PRACTICE", and how recent scientific discoveries about practicing can lift off longstanding frustration.]

"THE FIRST component" - "STRENGTH AND FLEXIBILITY OF THE BODY ITSELF' (the hands, in a musician's case) you can get in a relatively short time from doing the exercises of "THE ORIGINAL COWLING SYSTEM.


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Here's another testimonial for the Cowling System:

"I am a guitarist who was introduced to the Cowling System in the 1980's by a violinist in his seventies, who had amazing dexterity on his instrument for his age. HE had sent away for the course in the 1930's, and let me borrow it.

"Through the use of the COWLING SYSTEM©'S hand strengthening exercises, I went from "amateur" to an "A" level in music in a very short number of years.

"I have been using the exercises continuously since my friend gave them to me and believe me - THEY WORK."

(Don Wills, England, 2007)


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Further information about "THE ORIGINAL" COWLING SYSTEM© of hand strengthening exercises:

Read about the basics of the Cowling System, and in what way playing an instrument is an ATHLETIC activity.

What is the RIGHT type of exercise for the musician's hands? The WRONG type could be damaging.

Does the MIND influence exercise?

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Please read the following testimonials:

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FROM A VIOLINIST:

"The Cowling System © is a set of 12 exercises designed to increase the flexibility and strength of the hand, wrist, and fingers.

"I bought the course in 1978 and have found them to be invaluable.

"I've kept them all these years and still use them to warm up with before playing."

~ Richard Barton posted on VIOLINIST.COM

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FROM A BASS PLAYER:

‎"My fingers actually DO what my brain tells them to do, WITHOUT getting confused."

~ Anthony Jerome Smith, 35-year veteran bass player.

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FROM A PIANIST:

"In 1976, my teacher gave me his copy of all the exercises, whereupon I made xeroxed pages to put in a binder.

"My teacher was amazed at my progress that in a year I could play, for example, the prelude #17 of Chopin!

~ "RPN58" (from a pianists' discussion board in England, 2006)

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FROM A GUITARIST:

"I was introduced to the Cowling System © in the 1980's by a violinist in his seventies, who had amazing dexterity on his instrument for HIS age.

"Through the use of the COWLING SYSTEM ©, I went from "amateur" to an "A" level in music in a very short number of years.

"I have been using the exercises continuously since my friend gave them to me and believe me - THEY WORK."

~ Don Wills Guitarist, Great Britain

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FROM A VIOLINIST:

"I must say I am highly delighted with the way my fingering has improved since I commenced your hand strengthening exercises.

"Recently, I became very depressed about my playing and almost decided to give it up, but now I feel it's a pleasure, thanks to the Cowling System. ©"

~ "THE VIOLINIST" Magazine, December, 1924


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