I have just finished watching an episobe of QI and the panelists were Phil Jupitus, Dara OBriain, Jo Brand and the other chap. One of the questions was about how many muscles there were in human fingers.
The real answer is "None" which Stephen demonstrated by having the players put the end of all 5 digits on the desk and then tuck the middle finger under until the first knuckle was on the desk.
Stephen showed that it was impossible to raise the end of the ring finger off the desk.
OK, that preamble has finally brought me to the main point.
My step father was a life long pianist with his playing ranging from classical concerts to the Big Band sounds of the 40's, 50's and 60's as well as playing down the boozer on the odd week night. In other words, he played the piano and electric organ for over 50 years and most days of the week and he COULD lift his ring finger off the table.
He said that it was due to the endless practice and playing having to use just that finger to play a note. He told me that many top class pianists had the ability.
What do the elves think about this?
Ta very much