Hand hurts

Hand hurts

Hand hurts    12:30 on Thursday, June 11, 2009          

(59 points)
Posted by Afroburst

I trying to get into the swing of playing flute solos after concert season and I am having a problem.

I'm relearning Mozart Concerto in G and Fantasie by Faure and the techincal points in those songs are making the back of my hands hurt. I don/t know if this is because I haven't played anything this demanding in awhile or if my technique is getting sloppier. I had this problem some time ago too but the pan just seemed to go away so I don't know if I just got used to it. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Re: Hand hurts    14:23 on Thursday, June 11, 2009          

(1743 points)
Posted by Patrick

I doubt you would play a game of soccer or go running without stretching first, so perhaps the same is true with your playing, if you haven't played for awhile, take time to do long tones, scales, and technique exercises first, that way you won't have the stress of re-learning a difficult piece...

Re: Hand hurts    15:24 on Thursday, June 11, 2009          

(115 points)
Posted by Leprachaun

I agree with Patrick about the stretching and long scale practices to ease yourself back into your playing.Take sections in the piece and play them first, maybe some of the more technical parts first to help.
I've had this problem myself and found that it usually only occurs after I have taken a couple of days break from playing. If it persists I use a small support just until it goes but try not to use it always, as your wrist could weaken and become dependent on it.

Re: Hand hurts    21:25 on Wednesday, June 17, 2009          

(5 points)
Posted by flutenut12

for support i would suggest these glove things they have at walmart.
they are a tan soft material that moves but compresses and has a band around the wrist to hold it at the correct angle.
i use this, i'm 19 and have the beginnings of carpal tunnel.
i use it also when i am playing bassoon and it helps the same problem.
you can buy them anywhere.

Re: Hand hurts    23:19 on Wednesday, June 17, 2009          

(35 points)
Posted by kara1

for starters dont use your flute as an afro pick and u will be good. though i can see why your hands could hurt after trying to comb through that rats nest.

Re: Hand hurts    09:06 on Thursday, June 18, 2009          

(14 points)
Posted by lyd

The pieces you listed are technically demanding- and if you're not used to playing compositions that are- then your hands are probably going to hurt. Scales and finger exercises will help eliminate this problem- it will strengthen the muscles in your hand that you need to play flute.

Re: Hand hurts    15:51 on Friday, June 19, 2009          

(423 points)
Posted by Plekto

Get some of that PowerPutty at your local sporting good store. The light blue/2nd lightest resistance is the best, IMO, for strengthening and increasing finger speed.

Re: Hand hurts    19:37 on Saturday, June 20, 2009          

(35 points)
Posted by kara1

Take off your heavy rings, that might help. They may also get stuck in your fro, so I would ditch them.

Re: Hand hurts    00:20 on Sunday, June 21, 2009          

(97 points)

kara, stop being an idiot.

Re: Hand hurts    00:25 on Sunday, June 21, 2009          

(35 points)
Posted by kara1

Don't tell me what to do man!


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