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Thanks for having me on the EGAV site! I am a experienced classical guitar builder(serious but still a hobby). I just finished reading Art and Times of the Guitar and I am intrigued with building a…Continue
Started this discussion. Last reply by John Rocher Jul 30, 2010.
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Thanks so much for the article...yes if you have that article in PDF or Word, I would love to have the Guitar Mag article also. I recently was sent an edition of Neurology Now (August 2010) and the cover article is about Billy McLaughlin who is dealing with Dystonia, a disease that scares me a lot. I am getting some numbing in my hands from time to time, so I am really trying to practice a more relaxed and ergonomic approach to the left hand. I am a trying to be aware of the tension which seems to be greater while I am learning a new piece, then as I work out some of the more difficult transitions and positions, the tensions "seems" to diminish. I am also convinced that the brain will learn the piece without playing it repeatedly, in other words, play it few times, then stop, sleep on it and wala, the brain has learned it without actually playing it and so forth. This is a change in my approach. Heretofore, I would just grind on the piece to death, then there seemed to be diminished returns and a waste of effort.
Any thoughts that you could share with the group on preventing debilitating diseases or conditions of the hand and wrist. I am hearing of so many problems with players about my age, yet you seldom hear of the more famous players having any issues (career ending). I am 54 and just started practicing more often a few years back and noticed some pain now and again. Also I have an old bone or joint cut from my meat cutting days in college (part time job) where my little finger has a catch sometimes in the main joint. Can that be smoothed out or corrected by surgery?