Doctors refer to FD as being "task specific", so you don't necessarily have no use of your finger for other things like holding a pen or buttoning your shirt, etc. But I don't think that means it doesn't occur in other places. When mine was at its worst, I had trouble guitar playing, typing and mousing with the trouble fingers; but I could use them for other tasks like gripping anything or scratching, etc. So, I assume task specific means that you can use the fingers without dystonic movements for some other tasks but the dystonia may spill over into *some* similar tasks.
Congratulations on the progress! I'm glad to hear that you haven't given up. From your previous posts, I know it has been a long road. It must be nice to get your hands on those beautiful guitars again!Dofpic wrote: ↑Thu Jul 13, 2017 6:50 pmHeading back To Baltimore for two days of lessons. Very happy with the progress so far. My IM alternation in scales and on adjacent strings continues to improve and hand as a whole feels much better and more easy moving in block chords or playing P then IMA as a group. Long way to go as somethings feel very awkward such as arpeggios(have not really started there yet). But her practice regiment makes so much sense to me as a way to not over practice things etc. How the brain absorbs new skills etc. Also her use of metaphors in how to practice or what sensations to thoughts to have when playing a certain pattern is extremely helpful. Also watching her hand in person helps as well. I will report back afterwards.
Well, I wish you all the best and I hope you can begin to play again. But "has me say hello to the guitar" sounds like quackery to me. Give us all the details about what exactly you're working and/or post a video of what you're doing and how it has progressed. So far, all I've read has been an advertisement for this focal dystonia "practitioner" , so I'm skeptical to say the least. How much is all of this costing you? Sorry if this sounds harsh, but I've heard too much nonsense about focal dystonia cures in my lifetime and they usually involve little details and lots of money spent, that's what this one is sounding like to me.Dofpic wrote: ↑Thu Jul 27, 2017 2:59 pmI have my first Skype session tomorrow. Serap is not big on that method for FD but I have 20 hours in person with her so she totally knows my abilities and issues now. We shall see. My last session with her 2 weeks ago in person went really well. I continue to improve at a steady pace. I practice 3 times a day for 12 minutes and a fourth time at night if I feel like it for 6 minutes. My IM alternation is very stable now at 80 to the quarter note playing 16th notes. both on adjacent strings or the same string. She is also excellent at using dynamics and musical phrases to help in that I may start with strong emphasis on the initial notes and playing pianissimo by the time get to the final 16th note. Arpeggios are coming along as well. She always has me say hello to the guitar each session with something that is totally secure which helps me relax for the rest of the practice session. She says that Pablo Casals the greatest cellist of his generation had a similar routine every practice session.
I still have movement disorders with certain patterns but she suggests certain exercises to correct them and usually after about three weeks it is. She has such an amazing ability to work on all aspects of this disorder including music interpretation and relaxation to help with this. It has not been a straight line but my gains continue to hold which is giving me confidence. She has me start every new pattern or exercise in its smallest elements with small speed bursts as little as two notes at a time and then add on one note once the initial burst is secure. Extremely happy with my progress so far after almost 8 weeks. She is in Baltimore and I can recommend her to others with the highest regard.
jacksilver wrote: ↑Mon Jul 24, 2017 1:09 pmI came to New York in 1990 for some sessions with Pat O'Brien. They were a revelation, and my particular focal dystonia--an involuntary extension of the m finger was completely cured. It took me almost a year of following Pat's exercises--very slowly, retraining my right hand movements completely, but it worked. In fact, Pat started referring people to me--I never charged them anything. Fortunately, I recorded the lessons and transcribed them. Because Pat was a very articulate guy, I've thought for a long time it might be valuable to have them published. I'd like to get in touch with Douglas Alton Smith, who wrote he was publishing articles o Pat's teachings.
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