Ruphus -> RE: Picado attack, do you really need to choose only ONE? (Jan. 7 2011 15:54:04)
I found Kris´ story very saddening to read. It must have broken his heart to wittness all that.
Also very informing and surprising to me to read what Orson wrote:
A 2003 study of professional flamenco guitarists in Andalucia found 87.5% showed signs of overuse syndrome. Amongst those affected 82.1% reported deterioration in their playing ability. (Marques et al 2003)
Those are some fuddling numbers, only underlining that it ought to be rather useful to discuss inherent aspects of technique as in this thread. Obviously, elaborating the practice is being no superfluous sissy engagement, but even more required than I used to think until Orson´s last post.
After all there must be a reason why so many players yet after long years perform in a strained / sluggish way. And at times even already relaxed players can detoriate in skills over time.
Along John´s kung fu example, which I want to confirm; it could be that even advanced practicioners need revisitting basics in a slow-motion and analytical way every other time. Kung fu students hardly ever come to see teachers and masters practicing, but when they possibly do they might well be surprised seeing the advanced guys doing basic stuff. Naturally in a much more minute and aware way, but technique the observers themselves thought `to be done with long since´.
To explain quickly on my FD problem: Luckily it is much lighter than the one of Kris´father, yet disturbing enough. Faded in before already in a subtle way through wrong technique, it worsened considerably through constant use of an Aiptek tablets mouse with hypersensible buttons, during audio mixing sessions. The mouses right-cick button used to be so sensitiv that I was forced to lift / extend my m finger constantly. You might imagine what such can result in after roughly a year or more. ( Seems to me as if it physically effected cortex.)
I am now spending about four years at repairing this problem and a couple of habitual quirks. Very gradually, but progressively successfully nonetheless.
The reason why me intensively participated in this thread is that I want fellow players to become aware of inefficiency for one, and of latent threat to health and playing career on the other hand.
Now, seeing the numbers Orson quoted, we all might get the idea.
As it seems after a lot of more or less blind resistence that we are now slowly accepting that a strained thumb can interfere into fingers movability ( and consequently influence / alter neural routines in general).
When rested, with the hands weight pulling downwards, the thumb will inherently have to resist its opening. How much the thumb will have to resist / contract depends on how much of hands weight it will have to anchor.
In order to omitt weight beforehand the lower arm should be rested in a certain way ( which will support other ergonomical aspects as well ). The how to do can be found in "my beloved" article of Prof. Iznaola, under a link above.
Keep in mind that thelike knowledge on motorics serve vast of common playing situation and are not inevitably meant to be maintained strictly throughout all possible playing requirements.
It rather seems that if settled on ergonomic basics one can if required afford occasional stray without primary harm. But without ergonomical basics one appears to be much more prone to further sneaking-in dysfunctionality as coming routine.
Execution, much rather than being bound to will ( = obsolete pedagogic premisse ) actually is vastly depending on imagination.
Minute knowledge / awareness can hardly ever distract or harm, but rather be priceless support to gain.