You are correct on all points but the first since a and m seem to be normal when working together. But once I even think about using i with them it starts curling up.
Ok that last point is even more revealing and so is this:
RonC wrote:The all probably came about from practicing too much, trying to make up for lost time. I was practicing 4 to 6 hours a day (2 to 3 sessions) taking one day off a week to recover.
Yep, you have pushed your system too far too fast. When I say system I mean the nervous system, what you are describing is a sensory motor problem, not one of muscle tone, so stretching and rasgueados are not going to have much, if any, affect. whether you have focal dystonia or are approaching it is a question for a medical specialist, but we are in that territory (and actually even for them it is a matter of opinion, but you are ticking several boxes)
RonC wrote:Needless to say Ive backed off a lot. I stopped playing for one week then restarted very slowly and now Im doing max 2 hours 3 to 5 days a week. I canned my old repetoire to start fresh. I started by play one finger at a time very slowly, not going to the next finger until there is complete relaxation and I am in full control. Its been slow going but just recently Ive begun to see some seperation between the p and i.
Ok this is a much better approach, pretty much what I would have suggested. Shelving previous repertoire is important as unwanted movements become ingrained and part of the 'programme' that makes up a sequence of motor movements. Slowing down, concentrating on very simple combinations, allowing each finger to totally and utterly relax before flexing the next - this is exactly what you need to do to 'unlearn' the problem and rebuild your technique. Its painstaking work and it takes a lot of patience.
You might find it helpful to work with a metronome when you do this, setting it at a tempo underneath the threshold at which you experience a problem, for any particular finger combination (eg P-I), then working with that for a week or two before raising a few notches.