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Offline rboswrth

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speed exercises resulted in injury
« on: April 15, 2019, 04:33:52 PM »
my instructor is using Debussy Dr Gradus ad Parnassum for speed drills. I developed a sever e tendinitis in one finger. what can I do to avoid this?

Offline pencilart3

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Re: speed exercises resulted in injury
«Reply #1 on: April 15, 2019, 05:30:21 PM »
Speed should be developed through technique, not around it. When that doesn't happen, you get injured.
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Re: speed exercises resulted in injury
«Reply #2 on: April 15, 2019, 11:38:03 PM »
I can't help wondering about the teacher's guidance, especially in terms of technique and approach.  Unfortunately there are teachers who seem to think studies and exercises are like cure-all pills, with no guidance or instruction to go with that.  What has your teacher said about the problem?

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Re: speed exercises resulted in injury
«Reply #3 on: April 17, 2019, 03:35:56 PM »
Change of teacher will help avoid this issue and  to one who understands that appropriate controlled movements at controllable tempo will in turn bring about speed at will.
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Re: speed exercises resulted in injury
«Reply #4 on: September 14, 2019, 08:27:19 PM »
Thank you each for your feedback. (such late acknowledgement is because I don't use social media, but I see value in this site and will give it a try)
I give credit to my instructor for being very concerned and impressing upon me the danger and that I needed to be careful. However, you each have correctly cited the real problem.
My reaction was, as pencilcart3 describes, that I needed to learn the fundamental "physiology" of how to play. My instructor's reply to that unfortunately put's him dead on in the unfortunate category defined by keypeg. So, as much as I like my teacher in many respects, I'm going have to take lostinidlewonder's advise. wish me luck.

Offline j_tour

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Re: speed exercises resulted in injury
«Reply #5 on: September 15, 2019, 02:06:59 AM »
Well, perhaps the remedy doesn't have to be so drastic.

Probably like most people here I've injured myself through my own idiocy using the wrong fingering and being obstinate. 

And, yes, flexor tendon injuries in the hand, IME, are very painful and, also IME, pretty much never go away completely.  And some of the remedies, such as using high-strength ibuprofen and kinesiotape can be irritating in themselves.

But, is it really necessary to throw the baby out with the bathwater? 

I'd be inclined to consider it an expensive learning experience, and a chance to reexamine your approach.

After all, you're presumably not a child, so I'd say you should diagnose what the problem is, and if your teacher cannot provide some referrals to specialists who deal with your technical problem (as in, "You should see Prof. Hofsbrau for some ideas about that, or if not, I'll speak to him next week and we'll continue then.") then it's probably right to seek a more experienced teacher.

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Re: speed exercises resulted in injury
«Reply #6 on: September 15, 2019, 04:34:42 AM »
Thank you each for your feedback. (such late acknowledgement is because I don't use social media, but I see value in this site and will give it a try)
With online responses you learn to pick and choose ideas thrown to you, this can give some new ideas you didn't know about or support ideas you were not sure of which is useful. Post some specific sections you have questions about and even post videos of parts you think are not working right and I'm sure people will give some advise which is less general.
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