Yes, Snickerbar, it is a journey and I too, am constantly experimenting with position adjustments and carefully listening to what my body (and my teacher) says.Snickerbar wrote: I think I'm on to something...I'll do some experimenting.
Hi SnickerBar,Snickerbar wrote:Ok, so thank you all for the comments! I"ll try to answer a bunch of questions in this one post so here goes. Firstly, no I don't do anything laborious for a living or hunch over a laptop all day. I also use a normal backpack, not one that rests on one shoulder. I think I'm going to schedule an appointment with a physician soon. About the shoulder thing...I've been pointed this out before, but for the life of me I cant seem to get them even. One shoulder slumps it seems. This could be part of my problem, among many other things. Another piece of advice I'll try out is the methods of becoming more relaxed and aware of tension. Alan, you suggested tai chi. I suppose I could also try yoga, to be more aware of tension too I imagine.
JIm, about seeing an physician, I got an appointment scheduled and will hopefully get some feedback. Also, I have the only classical guitar teacher in town. Sadly he hasn't been able to help me a whole lot on my shoulder pain. Oh well.
I have a lot of things to try out to fix this from your posts! Thanks so much!
Hi Jim,Jim McCutcheon wrote:...... There is actually a specialty in the treatment of music and other performing arts injuries. I published an article in a journal called Medical Problems of Performing Artists a few years back, so there is knowledge out there, but, like the guitar, you may have to search for it.......
Hey Snickerbar,SnickerBar wrote:Also, I have the only classical guitar teacher in town. Sadly he hasn't been able to help me a whole lot on my shoulder pain. Oh well.
Yeah, that's him. He's an old guy, I think around the same age as my kids, maybe a bit younger. He's at a conservatory in Kansas. It looks like the mods took out the link because it was commercial.Snickerbar wrote:.....Alan, It appears the link was removed. I found a douglas Niedt, he's around 50ish with bags under his eyes, and has brown hair. Have I found the same guy? Thanks.
Judging by the fotos and video link, your guitar holding posture is problematic. The guitar sits too far left (fretting side) and the neck is too low. You also seem to overtense the right shoulder (plucking side) while playing. (Other way round if you are left-handed)Snickerbar wrote: I started to get really bad shoulder pain about a year from now. It got to the point where I could no longer play... Is my posture still causing the pain? I'll be posting links to my posture on Photobucket...
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