Ruphus -> RE: Focal Dystonia. (Apr. 25 2013 16:29:42)
Much covered in the past if you search. This was an interesting long topic about picado that evolved to FD issues. This was the last page of it, but if you go back and focus on postings of Ruphus you find lots of stuff. Notice how I gave my self a temporary feeling of FD just reading the literature about it.[:D] But no joke I remember it really affected my gigs for a couple days [:D]
I really understand why it annoys you, and why in fact should you care other than noticing the pheomenon for didactical benefit / prophylaxis to prevent possible stucking with your students. ( Though I imagine your students to be under rather little risk.)
For, generally seen the risk is quite there with an estimated affect of 5 musicians from 100.
An interesting aside to skill training is that it is possible to develop a skill to such a high level that the brain will no longer discriminate that skill at all.
This was a weird thing to read for me, because I have that with almost any discipline.
What I initially perform easily and unusually well will often end up deformed. In math tests I would usually mess up the first tasks ( too easy) and rather solve the last ones ( harder level).
When debating something complex I can elaborate somewhat alright or even well, whereas when the most obvious and basic condition is being stoically denied my head will implode and out come scrapes of the Big Bang, if not mute. Horror.
I see so many observations above that match with mine.
Funny that you mention David Leisner. I stumbled over a film with him on YT and don´t recall whether here or on AG-froum did then try to raise attention to that extremely valuable statement of his ( with little success, but folks like to take quietely anyway, so that you don´t hear of poossible use made ).
From my present point of view, one of the reasons why Focal Dystonia could be triggered is an excesive control of movement. A repressive control induced by fear.
It is a very complex matter to put it that simply.
I think that FD is a sign, a clear sign that we are not doing something right
Bingo I think that is it.
When I started out autodidactically I did pretty good actually ( as I know today), until I saw ( some old Master and ) especially Segovia on TV. This intimitaed me and had me try his messed up RH posture.
It seems as if FD will only occure when you are fighting yourself ( very well mentioned above already ), executing wrong technique, which again about always means tensioning of unrelated muscles / limbs but worst of all simultaneous engagement of both flexors and extensors.
Unless you have an ergonomically highly efficiently performing teacher as regular inspiration, or possess over the occasional exceptional talent of ergonomical and tension free approach ( which both without doubt makes for the ideal situation ), accurate imagination is the essential clue. ( Like in all disciplines.)
Unlike with obsolete pedagogics which used to believe ( and still do) that will was the major path to succes, accurate picture in mind is the actual elixier. ( Will won´t do nothing if the inner picture of the goal is missing out.)
Ergo: What it takes is detailed knowledge about ergonomy and physiology and a slow motion, highly concentrated, accurate execution of basis techniques. Always checking for counter strain and ready to halt, relax and ressume only when ensured that everything is relaxed.
If disciplined at such a tidying up / intoduction from scratch, you will reach to seamless and avanced playing in no time.
While in the opposite, just as counter productive will be a mindless / awkward rushing away, which will throw you back into bad habits / newbie situation several times as affecting than the equivalent of its wasted energy.
It is now seven or more years that I realized that it is FD what has been holding me back so weirdly, and about as long that I have started practising against it. ( At that time it was still considered uncurable.)
And the magic of conscious detail practising has brought me to clean basic skills far beyond of the past ( when I would fake some athletic virtuousity that could impress, but would exhaust myself and determine phrasing to an extend ), which however are still not firmly imprinted.
The overall very slow progress is apparently due to my difficulty of keeping up focus and discipline. Eventhough I will usually not allow myself to play pieces and falling back into neurologically counter productive execution, I will break out and find myself in partially undisciplined and antagone technique.
I do strongly feel that if I could control myself to keep focus throughout, the FD would now be defeated since years already. And I would be around the wonderful realm that Erik wet his toes in in the past. ( Actually, I do visit its floating anteroom every other time, slipping into some passed away master´s poise or so.)
Anyway; I you really love the guitar, don´t go my way. Not even on a remote scale.
Don´t waste time and future, and work on accurate imagination with as much detail as ever possible. Start from building up the practical picture of seamlessness in mind and you will be seeing wonder and dreams. Either provide a full picture that way, or through an inspiring teacher of seamlessness.
However you do, be sure to attach great importance on the preparation of the picture in mind.
If you doubt its relevance, keep in mind that many of todays top athletes do work that way. Like ( an exampe I mentioned before) formula 1 pilots who are made sitting on a chair with closed eyes and in theri mind´s eye circle rounds of the course in question as accurately as to the tenth of seconds.
The more ergonomical detail in mind the less any discipline will be taking of everything else. Like of time, sweat and frustration.