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How does the mechanism of clicking ones fingers actualy work? Someone told me it was friction between the fingers but my brother says it is the index finger hitting the hand - can anyone confirm this? — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 17:17, 17 March 2007‎ (UTC)

Tension builds between the middle finger and the thumb until the finger slips past the thumb and hits the base of the thumb. However this by itself creates very little sound. To make the distinctive snap sound, it is nescessary to have a small chamber created by the ring and little fingers folding over with the tips touching the palm and leaving a sufficiently large air gap. The middle finger then snaps parially onto the ring finger, and partially onto the base of the thumb, effectively over the end of the chamber. The art of finger snapping involves ensuring a sufficiently fast movement of the middle finger and a good shape for the chamber. 08:08, 4 June 2007 (UTC)

An article waiting to be written[edit]

Well, it is suprising that this page is so small. I think snapping (like whistling, etc.) is quite interesting. Let's expand.

Specifically, the muscles involved in snapping, the parts of your hand that resonate to amplify the snap, and pitch analysis would be interesting. Pictures, examples of uses in music, more cultural analysis, and such would also be interesting and informative. And, of course, whatever you can think of! Milkshakeiii 03:33, 18 April 2007 (UTC)milkshake

Removed medical danger section[edit]

I removed the Medical Danger section, as it was completely unsourced and I've never heard of this. In the unlikely event that anyone can find reliable sources which say that snapping one's fingers is dangerous, the section can be put back. --Xyzzyplugh 14:18, 27 April 2007 (UTC)

Yes, I thought this was odd too. It's just the kind of thing somebody would say though, and it was there when I edited the article so I left it there. Of course the entire article is unsourced, something that should be fixed. Milkshakeiii 03:02, 28 April 2007 (UTC)Milkshakeiii

Start classification[edit]

I have classified this article as a start. It needs to be referenced. Capitalistroadster 06:11, 28 June 2007 (UTC)

Found a source.Hello, My Name Is SithMAN8 (talk) 22:01, 30 January 2009 (UTC)

Removed Lil John song[edit]

I removed the reference to the Lil John song "Snap Yo Fingers". It had no relevance to the article but for the title of the song, and especially did not belong in the same paragraph that explains the musical positioning of snaps on which beats in a time signature. JCoughey 23:44, 9 July 2007 (UTC)

Snapping Maestro[edit]

I find it hard to believe that Samuel O. Hodges of Richmond, Indiana and minor league baseball fame has been left out of this article. Not only did he have great talent regarding Division 1 track and field athletics at Ball State and talent that took him all the way to Single A Minor league baseball (Richmond roosters and Kane County Cougars) - but this upstanding gentleman has the ability to rhythmically snap with eight fingers. His age has taken him away from his semi-professional athletics, but his uncanny snapping ability has kept him in the game long past his prime. He is part of the Gallagher/Hodges SnapWhistle duo, but they rarely perform due to Gallagher's proclivity for avoiding crowds and public streets. If one ever gets the rare opportunity of seeing this mesmerising duo...well, I highly recommend. 01:51, 25 July 2007 (UTC)Huge Fan

Actually, a search of his name in quotes on google brings only this talk page, and a medical journal with him in a very long list of people with a certain disease.Hello, My Name Is SithMAN8 (talk) 22:04, 30 January 2009 (UTC)

Did it again, and someone mentioned him as "Snapping Maestro" in a Tweet, but still not enough to reference. If this guy really is so fascinating, he sure does a good job of hiding it. Hello, My Name Is SithMAN8 (talk) 22:06, 27 May 2009 (UTC)

Ring finger technique added[edit]

I added a little bit about snapping with the ring finger because I am capable of doing so myself. I just recently learned how to do it with my middle finger, and I've found out that doing so with the middle finger is a tad louder. Virsteinn (talk) 19:35, 14 January 2009 (UTC)

Please ddon't add text from what you can do yourself. please use citations from reputable sources published elsewhere, see wikipedia:Verifiabilty policy. - 7 bubyon >t 20:21, 14 January 2009 (UTC)
Yeah as if sources have ever been important. Sometimes people should just use their brains instead of screaming "Citation needed"--- (talk) 02:49, 26 August 2013 (UTC)

Beat Poetry[edit]

In beat poetry they would snap the fingers instead of applauding. Seems as if a note would be appropriate here if I (or you!) can find a source. Looking...--Justfred (talk) 15:03, 1 April 2009 (UTC)

Having difficulty finding a reliable source for that. All I've found are passing mentions in personal blogs. Hello, My Name Is SithMAN8 (talk) 21:00, 22 April 2009 (UTC)

Who captioned that image?[edit]

Comedy gold in dry wit format. It's like Rick Romero became a wikipedia editor.

In all seriousness, can we maybe get a diagram or even just a simple animated gif of the act of snapping? —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 16:36, 8 January 2010 (UTC)

I p***ed myself laughing when I came to this page and saw a picture of a hand just labelled "fingers" xD Hanii (talk) 03:07, 13 April 2010 (UTC)

"Snap (fingers)"... srsly?[edit]

most ridiculous of all the wikipedia article titles. Nobody calls it "snapping" by itself. If I were to say that I heard a snap, you would not think I meant somebody snapped their fingers without a bunch of context. I came here looking for interesting slangy nicknames and found that not only does the article not mention "finger popping", the article doesn't even know it's own name. (talk) 14:42, 24 August 2012 (UTC)

The article has been moved to "finger snapping". - M0rphzone (talk) 04:38, 23 February 2013 (UTC)

Duplicate article[edit]


Anna Frodesiak (talk) 05:57, 28 July 2013 (UTC)

Simply not true.[edit]

Try putting a finger underneath your snapping finger, so that the snapping finger does not strike the palm. Do you still hear a clear snap? Yes. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 13:13, 14 June 2015 (UTC)

Tibetan Buddhism[edit]

In Tibetan Buddhism, you perform finger snaps as part of rituals. This is always done with the first finger. Westerners find it takes them a while to learn how to do this. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 13:15, 14 June 2015 (UTC)