HEALTH - Right hand and arm resting?

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HEALTH - Right hand and arm resting?

Post by LukeMarsden » Sun Jan 01, 2017 3:54 pm

A question for the SEMI- PROs and PROs

My right arm and hand seem to be very weak at the moment and i was wondering if it just needs a rest for a while?

Maybe it's "tired".

Is this normal.

Does anyone else just not play and rest their arm for a week or so here?

Thanks

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Re: HEALTH - Right hand and arm resting?

Post by lagartija » Sun Jan 01, 2017 4:23 pm

Luke, your right arm feeling "weak" or "tired" just from playing guitar is not normal, even if you are playing three hours per day.
If you had been swinging an axe for the very first time in your life for an equal amount of time, then maybe. Just playing guitar, no way.
You have another thread here where you mention that you are having a problem with your right thumb. Please see a doctor... a neurologist would be an excellent choice.
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Re: HEALTH - Right hand and arm resting?

Post by LukeMarsden » Sun Jan 01, 2017 5:08 pm

yes thanks

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Re: HEALTH - Right hand and arm resting?

Post by Michael.N. » Mon Jan 02, 2017 2:10 pm

I've suffered that kind of weakness many times. At one time I couldn't even hold a simple D chord, even though I had been playing for years.
You need to stop what you are doing. My guess is that you are self studying, which means you are in a bit of a bubble, lacking expert feedback. It doesn't get better by itself, believe me. In fact it could get much worse and lead to permanent damage. Rest. Go see a doctor. The doctor can only treat the symptoms though. They can't tell you how to hold and play the guitar. Go see someone who knows about classical guitar technique and who is very familiar with whole body posture. They will almost certainly tell you what you are doing wrong within a few minutes. That's because what you are suffering from isn't entirely uncommon, they have probably seen the same many times.
You can also go see an Alexander specialist - although I personally have no experience with Alexander. A good idea is to get in touch with your nearest music college/conservatoire. These days I think they all have an Alexander practitioner and most will also do private work. The advantage with Alexander teachers that work in music colleges is that they have probably seen hundreds of students on violins, pianos, guitars - you name it. Even if they don't play the instrument themselves they are certain to have experience with guitar students. Just pick a college that teaches classical guitar.
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Re: HEALTH - Right hand and arm resting?

Post by LukeMarsden » Mon Jan 02, 2017 5:19 pm

Michael.N. wrote:I've suffered that kind of weakness many times. At one time I couldn't even hold a simple D chord, even though I had been playing for years.
You need to stop what you are doing. My guess is that you are self studying, which means you are in a bit of a bubble, lacking expert feedback. It doesn't get better by itself, believe me. In fact it could get much worse and lead to permanent damage. Rest. Go see a doctor. The doctor can only treat the symptoms though. They can't tell you how to hold and play the guitar. Go see someone who knows about classical guitar technique and who is very familiar with whole body posture. They will almost certainly tell you what you are doing wrong within a few minutes. That's because what you are suffering from isn't entirely uncommon, they have probably seen the same many times.
You can also go see an Alexander specialist - although I personally have no experience with Alexander. A good idea is to get in touch with your nearest music college/conservatoire. These days I think they all have an Alexander practitioner and most will also do private work. The advantage with Alexander teachers that work in music colleges is that they have probably seen hundreds of students on violins, pianos, guitars - you name it. Even if they don't play the instrument themselves they are certain to have experience with guitar students. Just pick a college that teaches classical guitar.
Thanks Michael.
I'm going to see a pro tutor and get some feedback on posture and exercises.

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