I have been playing now for just over a month, and i practice around 2-5 hours a day depending on if its one of my days off work or not. On an off day i could play as much as 8-10 hours but my body forces me to stop sooner then that.
My biggest issue is in the shoulder of my bow arm, not the actual shoulder but buried beneath the edge of my shoulder blade, in the upper right back area. I started noticing it slightly, but now every time i hit about the 30 minutes to an hour mark i start feeling it, and during the 1-2 hour time interval it forces me to take breaks every 5-10 minutes of playing. My left arm gets sore but that's not an odd pain for me, im holding it suspended in the air for long periods of time which requires the muscle, and its very similar to excersise pains.
I want to know if this is normal for a new beginner forcing decent practice schedule such as myself, or if this is an indication that i'm too tense in my arm..or perhaps bad posture? Ive tried to eliminate those as possibilities by playing in front of a mirror, but if they are happening i need to identify them before i damage something or form hard-to-break habits. The one thing which I am hoping not to hear is to stop playing so much, I really don't want to play any less than I am now, and I am hoping that there is some sort of excersise i can do to strengthen my right shoulder and back muscle specific to violin playing. Perhaps some pre-performance excersices that are commonplace in the violin community im not privvy to yet?
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