Practising today, I have noticed a sort of fatigue pain in my upper left arm. I thought I was clamping, but I'm not. Does anyone have any ideas on what it could be?
Thanks in advance!
are you pushing your shoulder forward too much? i used to have that problem and it caused the same kind of discomfort for me.
Hmm. Not that I noticed. I'll have a look next time I practice
Depends how long you've been playing.
Well the viola about 2-3 years or so. Violin has been 11
In that case it's not just about accustomisation.
The pain is caused by your dignity rejecting the viola. Switch to violin.
Make sure your teacher looks over your posture and your hand positions carefully at your next lesson. A little pinched nerve here and there, and pretty soon you've got pain in a weird place.
What size viola are you playing? And what music are you playing?
What Paul said. If you have a teacher, s/he will be in the best position to diagnose the problem. Andy's question about viola size is also important. Every violist would love to play the biggest d*mn viola they can get their hands on because the big ones can sound so fantastic. However, that desire must be tempered by the reality that you need a viola that fits your size; otherwise, you are subject to all sorts of injuries.
I fully agree with those that suggest that you get someone to look over your posture. You should also look at your standing and sitting posture i.e are you slouching.Also, do you hold the viola pointing out to the left or more forward? Were you supporting the viola with your left hand more than you were used to? It is very difficult to diagnose this without seeing you so I’m only speculating.
I have a 15.5" viola. And I will get my teacher to look at it during our next session
Your viola size is probably appropriate unless you are relatively small.
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