Marshall Dixon wrote:
Guitar Maniac wrote:I know there are already plenty of topics about tremolo here, however my problem is a bit different so I would like to add another topic.
Currently I am practicing "Sueno en la floresta" in the manner of flamenco tremolo (piami pattern) and whenever I try accelerating my finger movements to the normal tremolo speed, I get a pain on the left side of my right hand wrist after just 30 seconds playing, also there is a pain on the axis from my wrist to my index finger, up to the point that my hand feels rigid.
My nails touch the strings at around 45 degree angle and my right hand wrist curves that its left side points at an outward angle.
Any advice regarding this issue?
Thanks in advance!
Hello Guitar Maniac,
I am going to end up advising you to see a hand specialist. But several things to think about in case there is one who happens to read this.
How old are you. What kind of work do your hands do on a regular basis?
How long has this been a problem; was it gradual or sudden in onset?
Is there a tingling sensation or any numbness associated?
Does any other activity produce these symptoms?
When describing anatomical positions of the hand remember that the palms are facing forward, so when you describe "the left side of my right hand wrist" that indicates the pinky side (ulnar aspect) of the hand, no?
I am presently recovering from surgery of both hands for carpal tunnel problems. The symptoms you describe are similar to those I had.
I hope you can see a doctor about this. I would bet that it won't go away on it's own.
I'm 29 (actually my 28th birthday was on 20th this month) and I'm a software developer and an Internet addict so my right hand index finger clicks mouse for more than 10 hours a day.
I had practiced this piece 2 years ago then gave up and now I come back on it, but if I remember well the problem is sudden.
No tingling sensation or any numbness associated at all, just pain and rigid.
When I described "the left side of my right hand wrist", that's from my inner view point towards my hands so that indicates the thumb side.
I hope it's not carpal tunnel problems in my case
AndreiKrylov wrote:1. play only with warm and relaxed hand.
2. lower your guitar tuning half - tone
3. put low tension strings on guitar
4. practice your tremolo without guitar on something like small bamboo stick (but only with warm relaxing hands, lightly and never with any pain and you could do it while walking or watching TV etc. )
5. never try to force yourself - you do not need any power or strength for tremolo - just precision and lightness
About 4 I'm not sure about practicing tremolo on a bamboo stick because it's quite short thus the space to put all 4 fingers p ami is quite narrow too. However, sometimes during a daily meeting at work I often imitate tremolo movement on my jean's creases and I find the feeling very similar to the feeling when my fingers touch guitar strings.
Bill B wrote:Andrei nailed it. i advise the same but i will put it into my own words. i tell my students that when you practice you are trying to make the habits you wish to use when you perform. if you don't want to perform with tension and pain, never practice with tension or pain. only practice tremolo as long as you can do it without strain. practicing to the point of strain can cause more harm than good.
Many thanks all of you guys for giving me advices. At the moment I'm trying a more flat right hand wrist (wrist is almost in parallel with the sound board while the attack angle is still 45 degrees or so). I find this more relax, no unnecessary tension raise but of course it limits my fingers'movements, especially thumb finger.