reginald_herring wrote:Aurore thank you for the book suggestion. I have placed an order and will try the exercises.
Douglas at one point you suggested tuning the guitar below concert pitch. What about normal tension Savarez vs. hard tension D'Addario? I tried to get specs for tension on the Savarez, but they don't seem to have anything on their site the way D'Addario does. Without trying a bunch of different strings it would be nice to know in advance the tension levels of a given set. What type of physiotherapist would you recommend?
In regards to my left hand knuckles, I think the problem is twofold:
1. I've noticed that indeed I use too much pressure to depress the strings. This is perhaps augmented by using stiffer strings, and in some instances my initial reaction to some frets requiring different amounts of pressure to avoid buzz.
2. In the classical position, in part due to my height, I've had to raise the guitar neck closer to vertical in order to maintain what my teacher suggests as top of neck to eye level placement. I've since discovered that placing the guitar on my right thigh with the support allows me to have the neck closer to my center mass with less vertical rise to eye level. This has enabled me to square the approach of my first three fingers to the fretboard more easily, thereby displacing the secondary joints less. I liken hitting the strings acute to the phalanges to a bowlegged or knocked kneed runner. So far it's been a good compromise between flamenco and classical positions for me.
Last week I tried a set of Savarez Corum Alliance normal tension strings and cannot believe the difference from the
Hannabachs I'd been using for years! Much easier for the LH, wonderful balanced tone and more responsive.I would highly
recommend giving them a try.
The idea for tuning down a whole or half step is just a temporary measure while your LH recovers.
I've also been using an idea I read about on Douglas Neidts site.
I soak both hands in very,very warm water for 5 minutes and then plunge them into cold water for two minutes.
I do this three times.If I 'm starting a practice session I end with soaking my hands in warm water instead of cold.
You might want to give this a try and see if it helps.
Any qualified physiotherapist should be able to assess your individual issues and provide you with exercises
which will balance your muscle groups and hopefully keep your playing mechanism running without injury.
It would be a bonus if the therapist has worked with musicians before but I don't think its a critical factor.
Your teacher seems to be giving you sound advice, as I said before 6 months is a very short amount of time to
develop the skills base required for C.G. It is easy to push yourself too hard and too fast at this stage.
Please take care.