guit-box wrote: ↑
Wed Jul 12, 2017 4:17 pm
This is what it looks like when you follow the knuckle joint (MCP) as the main thrust teaching that is so pervasive. I don't know if his hand is injured, but this is a mild version of how my hand looked after years of playing this way. Not good.
"how my hand looked" - so you're talking about focal dystonia. It's not known yet what causes focal dystonia. (And you don't know why Tanenbaum's right hand is like that. He's obviously injured. This is an inaccurate portrayal of "this is what it looks like when you...MCP...pervasive" No, this is what it looks like when you're injured. He had always had a strong and relaxed right hand technique. Check YT - Takemitsu if you like. But I digress.) Sorry about your injury but there's no way you can know that it was caused by any particular thing, even if you suspect that thing was your strict following of a dogma re how you thought your fingers should move. Congratulations on your growing recovery. Leaving the rigid approach to the right hand no doubt was significant but what worked specifically for you might not work for another, as one can see when reading accounts of others' recoveries.
I changed to right hand lute technique in my classical guitar playing for several years and saw my dystonic symptoms all but disappear. Was my focal dystonia problem caused by the fact that I didn't play that way from the beginning at age 5? Certainly not. I had a flexible, relaxed technique originally. In fact, for years now I've been playing with my original, traditional hand position again. Perhaps this FD issue is a bit like the Hawthorne effect in business management science, where in some situations ANY change tends to make for an improvement in the performance of people being observed in a study.