kmurdick wrote: ↑
Tue Aug 22, 2017 4:36 pm
What I meant was in the direction of the stroke, not side to side. With me, it is noticeably more tense in the right hand for both i and m. However, if I concentrate, I can make almost equal to the left hand. Those right hand middle joint segments almost want to kick back against any applied movement.
I've got the "old guy's learned it late and wrong' syndrome", and I'm wondering if teaching these segments to relax would allow the fingers to operate efficiently.
Certainly learning what it feels like to have a totally relaxed hand can't hurt!
Have you played around with range of motion exercises?
For example, drape your arm as you would if you were going to play (if you are sitting, you could rest the forearm on your leg with your hand draped in front of your knee. First, starting with your hand relaxed in what you consider mid range, extend your fingers straight out, count to five then drop the tension out and let them collapse to the midrange position. Then flex the fingers so that the tips touch your palm at the base of the thumb, count to five and then drop the tension out and let them return to the midrange position.
Do this a few times. You are not actively bringing them to the neutral position, but trying to allow them to get there by going limp.
What do you notice? Do you find the release from extension or flexion easier? Are they both the same? Can you allow the hand to go limp or do you have to move your fingers actively to position them in midrange?
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