My Rizzetta hammers


A closer look at my Rizzetta cimbalom-grip angled flexible shaft hammers.

You can see the top half of the grip in my left hand — the bottom half is exactly the same, and the curves fit around my first and second fingers. You can hold them between fingertips, but holding them the way I do requires no gripping at all. My right hand is too tense, too fist-like — I tend to tense up playing fast or difficult passages.

The shafts are flexible and set into the grips at a 45° angle so that my wrists are in a more neutral position.