Help! I am a beginning (1 year)student who probably practiced too much for my first recital. Ever since, the first and second fingers of my left hand are all tightened up at the second joint from the fingertip. Is it just overuse and tension that has caused this or is it arthritis? I'm 50. I tried resting it completely for a few days and it got better but when I resumed playing, the swelling and pain returned too. Maybe I'm pushing back with my thumb? Someone suggested I try playing with my thumb tucked under and of couse that sounds lousy... Any suggestions?
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