guitarbuddha -> RE: Focal Dystonia. (May 6 2013 23:45:02)
(Although this is addressed to Ruphus it is for all sufferers and it is pretty grumpy)
If the hand looks ugly then you are probably doing something wrong. But if you have to look to see then you are not paying attention.
Thumb planting is GOOD WHEN DONE WELL, BAD WHEN DONE BADLY.
Try not to have much as concern with what is right. Be far more interested with doing things well. If you plant your thumb then don't plant it stiffly and clumsily.
The string isn't making your thumb stiff, YOU ARE. A string cannot influence the stiffness of your muscles it is not part of your nervous sustem . Lifting it off the string is irrelevant to your ability to relax it whilst articulating the other fingers.
A big advantage to planting (of any finger) is the amount of feedback it gives your senses.
OK. I could go on but guys .....COME ON avoiding something that all the greats do because of an observation by someone self diagnosed about something that may or may not be contributing to a problem that they haven't solved is just well..... FLAKEY.
There is no simple answer to repetitive strain injuries except play better . Less clumsy, less oblivious to your hands and indeed to your whole body.
Wacky avoidance of perfectly natural postures and proven practice strategies will just keep you going round in circles.
And, as obvious as this might seem, go and get a better teacher and do what he/she says. And if they don't know what you are talking about or they haven't got any solid solutions find someone else, in the real world. BUT, and this is really important, LEARN TO BE MORE SUSPICIOUS OF SALESMEN THAN YOU ARE OF SMART PEOPLE.
Try not to be fascinated by each and every new untested idea at the expense of actually following through on the previous one.
I have absolutely no difficulty in playing all day and for hours on end without a break and with no pain. I am 41 when I was 22-29 I was in pain pretty much all the time and this would get steadily worse after I started playing. Some days just terrible. Now nothing ZIP.... NIL ....NADA no pain no problem.
Now I am sure that I have mentioned that here well just loads of times but let me be more clear. I used to have problems with my hands and NOW I DON'T, they are better than ever I am super confident that they will stay that way.
Things are better now than they ever were before and still getting better .
This means paying attention to your whole body as much as possible. This is the opposite of learning to do something 'right' and then forgetting about.
Imagine you are spinning a plate on top of a pole. Stop paying attention and the plate falls off.
Well if you stop paying attention to your body then **** starts going wrong. Answer pay attention, listen to it.
Like the plate on the pole it will always need some attention.
So much of this debate is totally wrong headed. I have been recommending two books about this for around seven years noone has read them.
Still no need for anyone to think about what I might mean I am sure that a different idea will present itself for five minutes of consideration.
And that's what the internet is for.... right ? It is not about being alert to actual answers it is about going round in circles with the same question for ever.
It's like an AA meeting where everyone is still drinking but somehow super supportive. And here I am the guy who hasn't touched a drop for nine years and my advice isn't any better. In fact I'm the a$$hole.
Now go on, someone tell me their problem is different from mine and that I don't understand ........so I can throw my hands up in the air.