Wrist pain after starting second finger exercises.
When I started open strings my upper body would ache and then I got used to it but then when I started first finger my fingers would very slightly ache but I got used to it in a few days time. But when I started second finger (a week ago) my wrists (both bowing and fingering hand) won't stop hurting. I actually have to stop playing for 5 minutes so the pain would subside and I could practice again. It starts being painful every 10-15 minutes later. Is there something I'm doing wrong?
I should probably mention two more things; 1) I record videos of myself and so I know my wrist is straight and my bowing good, too; 2) my second finger position has gotten better except that the pain is still there.
Can you post a video/picture here so we can give you more relevant feedback? Also, relax, like really relax. You might be tensing somewhere.
What is your backround? What do you do for living or have you had previous wrist problems?
My hunches are that playing violin is just the last straw..... Stop playing immediately, see your doctor ( a specialist ) to rule out any pre-existing conditions, such as Carpal tunnel syndrome.
When I first started I had wrist pain and I swore I had the right form. Turns out I didn’t, is there anyone who can take a look for you?
Do you have a good teacher? If not, find one before you hurt yourself.
According to previous threads, Violetta is unable to find an in-person teacher for valid life reasons. Please do not ask her to find a good teacher if she really can't. Alternatively, Skype lessons might be an option.
But if she is doing physical damage to her body by playing what is the point of playing? None in my opinion.
"But if she is doing physical damage to her body by playing what is the point of playing?" Playing for fun, I guess. But playing with pain isn't fun. I guess she didn't expect the pain when she first started.
Second on a picture- your ergonomics or your technique may be way off for your body.
YES Violetta there is something you are doing very wrong. It does not make any sense that you should have pain from using first or second finger. You should only press down as much needed to make the note sound. It does not even have to be all the way down the fingerboard.
I would agree about getting a medical (ortho) opinion. Pain in the fingers and hands after any kind of physical activity is nothing to self-diagnose. Ever heard of "trigger finger"? Very common, as are other joint, tendon, bone, muscle, and other tissue problems. The hand, medically, is enormously complex.
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