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Read what this musician has to say about THESE hand strengthening exercises:
"I am excited. The Cowling System© is "Wow"! I cannot put what I'm feeling into words - I can only say thank you for this AMAZING system.
"I am a professional musician here in Las Vegas Nevada.
"I have been playing Bass Guitar for over thirty-five years. With the Cowling System© of hand strengthening exercises, my hands feel brand-new: rejuvenated, fast and accurate.
"My fingers actually do what my brain tells them to do without getting confused. Thanks for a exercise book that actually WORKS.
"ps: I am only into my first week and my fingers feel like butter!"
- Anthony Jerome [Tony] Smith, 2008
Once you get to understand the long-standing and common-sense principles which The Cowling System is built on, you'll see how and why such rapid gains in musical skill are possible.
Here are the principles:
First - PLAYING A MUSICAL INSTRUMENT IS A PHYSICAL SKILL, REQUIRING PHYSICAL EXERCISES. [Read below]
And, Fourth – To really shine as a musician, one should develop CAPABILITY in EXCESS of NEED – also referred to as "MARGIN" or "RESERVE".
Now that we have an outline, let's go over each of these principles in greater detail – please read on:
HAND STRENGTHENING EXERCISES - First Principle - PLAYING A MUSICIAL INSTRUMENT IS A PHYSICAL SKILL, REQUIRING PHYSICAL EXERCISE.
Think of a Musician as a kind of Athlete - In that way playing a musical instrument is similar to Dancing, Figure Skating, or Tennis, though focused on the hands, of course.
In attaining a physical skill, the wise athlete does NOT train his body in ONLY the actions and/or motions of that skill - [Let's call these particular actions and motions "the moves"].
An athlete does NOT train and drill by repeating ONLY those "moves". The athlete includes more comprehensive exercises in ADDITION to, and usually BEFORE learning "the moves".
The most familiar example of this is in the field of Dance. Dancers use exercise systems such as Pilates and Yoga extensively to train muscles otherwise unaffected by repeating "the moves" over and over.
Now this is important: A big problem with relying on "the moves" ONLY is that such a reliance tends to "specialize" the muscles - develop muscles in an imbalanced way. [As well, tendons and ligaments which should be stimulated to develop, do NOT develop as they should.]
This therefore limits the body in Dance or any other sport or activity, or as in a MUSICIANS case, the hands, to ONLY being able to execute those moves which had been practiced.
Then we see that the muscles which one has been using all along to execute "the moves" are now very much stronger and responsive than those which have remained UNUSED [or not used nearly as much.]
So, when THOSE unused muscles are now suddenly called into action, either by attempting NEW moves or attempting different ways of doing existing moves, or attempting to increase speed, etc. what happens? The muscles, ligaments and tendons THEMSELVES will resist change and improvement!
In a musician, this shows up as:
* "Technique deficiencies";
* At best, falling back into familiar patterns;
* Hitting 'a wall' and not progressing beyond that or, at worst;
* Forcing oneself though that wall which may then risk or incur injury.
By following The Cowling System of hand strengthening exercises correctly, a musician could significantly reduce the chance of these difficulties occurring or even eliminate all of these BEFORE they had a chance to develop.
The "Bottom Line"?: NO technique, good, bad or indifferent, will function fully if THE HAND ITSELF is deficient in some portion.
And by the way: The MOST deficient portion of the hand, in string and keyboard musicians especially, tends to be THE FOURTH [pinky] FINGER.
The COWLING SYSTEM handles this problem "with authority". It takes up the Fourth finger with a targeted finger exercise which will advance your playing substantially.
In addition; The Cowling System - the ONLY system of hand strengthening exercise of ANY kind which has specific exercises for conditioning the hand's TENDONS and LIGAMENTS. You will be quite pleased, perhaps even amazed at what occurs when the ligaments which surround your WRISTS are actually loosened in one of the Cowling System's exercises - the SECOND exercise!
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And still more [actual and unsolicited] rave reviews for "The Original" Cowling System:
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
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.
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)
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
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
I'd love to see YOUR testimonial on this list! If you really do "THE ORIGINAL" COWLING SYSTEM © of Hand Strengthening Exercises", you CAN master and truly enjoy your music!