guit-box wrote: I'm less interested in just focal dystonia since I've "been there, done that" for a long time, I'm more interested in what actions I can take to not have focal dystonia anymore.
I'm sure you didn't mean that to sound as flippant as it came across. Obviously, this is a FD thread so the people who read it are very interested in specific details from anyone who has successfully retrained. It is such an emotionally painful disorder, as well as a kind of spiritual crisis, that even if I can completely retrain, I don't think I'll ever think, "been there, done that". I guess that's one of the purposes of my blog: empathy.
be helpful to look at videos of fine players, although I've noticed that many players I like don't have a flawless technique and if I emulated them my FD would be exacerbated. I do know that one of the guitarists featured on the other thread later did develop FD, so I take a very cautious approach to "learning" from videos. The concept of the pinky resting is interesting however. For those of us who have studied Body Mapping, I wonder if it could tie to the idea of pinky orientation. Consider also how lutenists rest the pinky on the soundboard. Food for thought.
I think that the major reason is tension buildup. Releasing tension is the key to avoiding dystonia.
Definitely this is too simply put to be of help to anyone just starting to deal with FD. I did not believe I had any tension buildup in my technique. I had a strong, smooth, easy and fast tremolo, that never tired - in order to accomplish that there can be no tension building up or the hand would be a claw by the end of the piece.
But, of course, tension is an issue. Through Body Mapping, yoga, and especially Feldenkrais, I have discovered many places I was holding tension that I was completely unaware of. And it's unrelated to guitar, it's just the build up of life, tension and holding in the shoulders, the hips, etc.
But I think changes or adjustments in the hand position should be addressed, in addition to tension. I'm really looking for exactitude. Many people play as much tremolo as I did, but never develop FD. Was it something in my position? Is there something universal we all can benefit from?
Think of how many people read this forum and how many have developed FD. Can we make it a source of useful information? In my blog I've tried to be as exact as I can. So far I've addressed mostly what hasn't worked, or the limits of my progress. Ultimately, here's what I'd like to see: instead of spending 13 years experimenting with different approaches like I have done, could we streamline the retraining process so that future sufferers could identify FD, make adjustments, retrain, and be back to playing in less than a year?