pain in left thumb/base jointHealth: i have some pain in my left thumb and its joint and was wondering if there are any theories or other advice about the left hand people would like to share
From J.P. Shanahan
the father of an ex-student of my teacher's is a hand specialist, but (and i'm sure you've all had this feeling before) i don't want to "give in" to the medical world. i think this is just a problem with the way i hold the violin and finger the notes, and i need some advice. i'm thinking about calling the hand specialist just because i'm afraid. it almost feels like it's putting pressure on my carpal tunnel, my thumb is doing that i mean.
ANY advice would be greatly appreciated!! thanks~
From Peter RovitIt's really hard to say what may be going on without seeing you play but it sounds as if you may be squeezing to hard with your thumb on the neck while you play. there are some good excercises for this problem in the Simon Fischer book "Basics". You can also make up your own. Sometimes simply practicing too fast can make this problem worse.
Posted on December 29, 2005 at 09:07 PM
There could also be some set-up issues with your left hand. Have you talked to your teacher about it?
From Kimberly SyvertsenI don't think that is uncommon. If you have been working on trilling, or a particular etude that address a new technique that is strenuous to the left hand, etc., this sort of thing can happen and you have to pace yourself carefully as you practise.
Posted on December 29, 2005 at 11:39 PM
I haven't had too much trouble with my left hand (thank goodness, although the right hand surely made up for it my sophmore year of ugrad ;p) but whenever I've had tension I've found good old fuzz tone bounce on Schraedieck to be extremely helpful.
From Jim W. MillerThe pictographic manuscript which preserves the ancient sacred knowledge says you must not allow your thumb base joint to collapse inward.
Posted on December 31, 2005 at 05:30 AM
From Kimberly SyvertsenJim,
Posted on December 31, 2005 at 05:50 AM
Don't you have to use the rosetta stone for that?
Man -scratch that- violinkind is forever thankful for your contributions to the world of archeology.
Or is that paleontology?
It all blends together after a while...
From Alain LefebureAn non obvious cause of squeezing the fingerboard with thumb-index finger is the squeezing of the violin with mandible-collar bone.It's a kind of archaic reflex much older than rosetta stone.
Posted on December 31, 2005 at 04:56 PM
From Emily GrossmanSome would also link this symptom to the contracting of the thumb and index of the bow hand. Check the original Greek text.
Posted on January 1, 2006 at 05:11 AM
From Michael MolnarI would get advice from a medical doctor or professional therapist.
Posted on January 2, 2006 at 03:44 PM
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