Wrist pain after starting second finger exercises.

March 8, 2018, 9:56 PM · 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.

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March 8, 2018, 10:33 PM · 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.
March 8, 2018, 11:43 PM · What is your backround? What do you do for living or have you had previous wrist problems?

Try without the shoulder rest, some people have shoulders so that they cannot play with shoulderrest, it might squeeze some nerve in your shoulder region and make it painfull to play especially as you have had problems from the beginning. Also the position of your neck is very important.

And you didnt have a teacher, right? There obviously something very wrong so you need a good teacher. If you just keep on playing with pain, you will be in serious health trouble with your left hand and shoulder.

Violin is not to be played with pain. If it cannot be played without pain, violin is not for you. Human body is fragile enough, so dont give yourself problems just by doing something wrongly because you want to, youll regret it,

Edited: March 9, 2018, 8:16 AM · 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.
March 9, 2018, 8:39 AM · 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?
March 11, 2018, 12:26 AM · Do you have a good teacher? If not, find one before you hurt yourself.
Edited: March 11, 2018, 10:23 AM · 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.
March 11, 2018, 11:51 AM · But if she is doing physical damage to her body by playing what is the point of playing? None in my opinion.
March 11, 2018, 1:05 PM · "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.
March 12, 2018, 4:16 PM · Second on a picture- your ergonomics or your technique may be way off for your body.
March 13, 2018, 3:34 AM · 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.
Edited: March 13, 2018, 9:52 AM · 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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