3D Finger Mapper
The 3D Finger Mapper evolved from the sort of 2D finger maps that I have used for years. As a teacher or student you may have encountered sketches like these, designed to help the player understand how to space fingers according to a particular key.
The 3D mapper is different in a number of important ways:
- The student is actively involved in creating the patterns using the magnetic buttons, and if they make a mistake they can easily correct the configuration. The student’s thinking is made visible and they are encouraged to take more ownership of their learning.
- The 3D nature and accurate scaling of the tool mean that several layers of abstraction are removed, allowing for more seamless translation into performance.
- There is a tactile element – the student can place their fingers on the buttons to feel the relative distances – tones, semitones, augmented intervals, etc..