We rely on them so much in everyday life, and even more than most as musicians, but how much do you really understand about what happens when you reach out for your guitar ?
What works so miraculously, and what can so easily go wrong. A marvel of natures engineering.
A fascinating program from BBC Scotland
"Dissecting a real hand, taking it apart layer by layer to reveal what makes it unique in the animal kingdom. We discover what gives our hands an unrivalled combination of power and precision, and meet people who use their hands in extraordinary ways - from magicians to rock climbers - to discover what gives them such astonishing abilities."
the BBC in their infinite wisdom, have taken down the original YT posting, the new one here is 10mins shorter, I'm not sure what was cut out. And pulled by the BBC again, so here is another one, not very good sound quality and small video window* I am afraid this time (*presumably to deter YT's copyright algorithms). If you find a better version on YT, please let me know.
It is a shame, as a good understanding of the mechanics of the hand can help us all to maximise what we can achieve with this marvel of evolutionary bio-engineering, and to avoid unnecessary injuries too. It is in the public interest to keep these programs easily accessible, they were broadcast into the public domain, which is where that should stay IMHO.
MUCH better to watch on iPlayer if you can though...
Duration 1 hour
(old YT address) https: //www.youtube.com/watch?v=MIKjRtN5pSI
Part two is available on the same YT channel and is about the incredible human foot