Michele wrote:In my previous message below I made a mistake when I quoted fishdavis. Please see my comment and question in this message.
Thanks, Fishdavis - In adjusting the position of my left wrist, it seems I am creating more tension. It is like twisting my wrist around from front towards the left. I have to rest periodically so I don't injure my wrist while practicing. Did this happen to you before you developed the flexibility that you describe?
I am trying to play an etude by Dionisio Aguado where in one measure I have to place LH finger 3 on low F ((D string), 4 on high D (B string), and 1 on high F (E string) (arpeggio). This is only one example of the excessive stretching and twisting in order to play. Another measure has low D, B, and high F in an arpeggio. It seems like I should be able to release the first string in order to play the other two if the sequence of notes is not repeated until a later measure.
I have only had two lessons, so I know it will take a lot more time and practice for my hands and fingers to become accustomed to playing such configurations.
Michele, sorry for the late reply, I've been away - I'm not sure about twisting your wrist from front towards the left, that sounds like it would cause problems. I don't twist my wrist so much as I bend it, so the wrist goes further away from the fingerboard and rises up to give the fingers more access over the board. My wrist is never bent under the fingerboard and usually falls straight in a relaxed manner. I've never put my wrist in a position where it causes more tension, it always eases it. For the stretch you describe I would just let it seems like you probably need to let your fingers gain the flexibility and strength to hold the strings down in that position --- but you might have even smaller hands than me. How long are your fingers, if you don't mind me asking?
I've worked a lot on my finger flexibility and strength over the years, and things I once thought utterly impossible to play are now coming easily to me (barre chords on the high frets, wide stretches, etc). Results will come over time, but don't injure yourself. I can usually tell the difference between stretching discomfort and problem-causing pain. Of course, you may have to find workarounds for some things if your fingers are really small, but you might be surprised at how much more you can do in a year's time.
I sometimes stretch my fingers out by doing the equivalent of splits with my fingers -- does anyone else do this? Slur exercises helped my fingers gain a lot of strength, too.