Summer wrote:Lare, stop holding boards for people. If it's that important that they break the board then they'll find someone else to hold it. Just tell them the truth - you are a musician and can't take the chance on having your fingers accidentally BROKEN! (If you were my husband I'd break a board over your crazy head! )
As of yesterday, I am no longer volunteering holding boards for others. My wife is a martial artist as well. She wouldn't break a board over my head as she wouldn't waste a perfectly good board!
She and I have sparred a few times; you don't want to mess with her.
ScottK89 wrote:I've wondered if taking too good care of your hands and body could have a negative impact? I know that as one gets older, maintaining things one always did is often possible- back when I did Judo, I played with a 60 year old. Not as strong as I, but good technique, and could clearly play with the young guys.. So I'm wondering if a person never does anything to stress their hands a bit, if they would not age as well.. I know runners who keep running as they age, but taking it up as an older adult is not usually recommended.
ScottK89, I hear you. As soon as you try to protect something, it seems that the something breaks. I have never been one of those guys. If you keep using the hands, playing recitals, etc, I always believed that the hands and mind would continue serve you well. Do you still do Judo?
Hans, here is my new theme song...
"Somebody once told me the world is gonna' roll me, I ain't the sharpest tool in the shed",
"I was lookin' kinda dumb with a finger and a thumb in the shape of an "L" on my forehead".
My question is more with scales/exercises and the general hand-stiffness of aging. I wondered how others had dealt with this. I cut my scales and stock exercises way back many years ago when they just didn't seem to be adding to my ability anymore. With the exception of the two week refresher, I didn't do these things. Stock exercises and scales are not enough (if they were, we would all be playing like John Williams). At some point, you need to move beyond the stock scale/exercises. Don't get me wrong, I still work on technique, but I don't drill things I can play in the repertoire. Once I'm warmed up, I can play for hours. But getting over that 20 minutes of stiffness puts the "rump" in "grumpy".