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#1297805 - 11/01/09 03:42 PM Wide Stretches
Hjalmar Jakobsson Offline
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Registered: 10/31/09
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Hi everybody!
I've noticed that it starts to hurt a little bit on the sides of the wrist when I play wide intervals on the piano. One day I tried to play the Chopin etude op 10 no 11 and I felt kind of a pain in the middle between the hand and the forearm at the spot where the wrist is like hardest.
So my question is: is there anything I can do to prevent from this pain, or does it go away naturally when you've played for a long period of time???

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#1297970 - 11/01/09 09:45 PM Re: Wide Stretches [Re: Hjalmar Jakobsson]
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Hi and welcome to piano world smile

You don't say what level pianist you are, beginner or otherwise. But my feeling is that Chopin Etudes are advanced exercises and can cause pain or at least minor discomfort for pianists who have not studied other material first, for example, Chopin Nocturnes and Preludes.
My suggestion would be for you to stop playing theses etudes
for now. Are you studying with a teacher?
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#1297980 - 11/01/09 09:57 PM Re: Wide Stretches [Re: Hjalmar Jakobsson]
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Originally Posted By: Hjalmar Jakobsson
So my question is: is there anything I can do to prevent from this pain, or does it go away naturally when you've played for a long period of time???
Don't ever expect pain from playing to "go away naturally". Pain from playing means you're doing something wrong, or overdoing something. Either way, you need someone to identify the problem and give you guidance. We can't really do that on the internet. If you just keep doing what you're doing you could have big problems!
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#1298020 - 11/02/09 12:49 AM Re: Wide Stretches [Re: currawong]
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My guess is it's your ulnar nerve. I had a lot of trouble with this earlier in the year, from playing through it just hoping it would go away. At it's worst I had the feeling in my elbow that I was constantly banging my funny bone, and it's still not quite right. In my case the first symptoms were pain in my little finger, then numbness, then it spread to that point in my wrist that you're talking about, then up to my elbow. (Your ulnar nerve runs right from your little finger up to your shoulder). I've had to drop two of the pieces I was doing for my uni end of year exam, and switch them at the last minute and hope to hell my deferred exam request gets approved. So, having gone through all that, my suggestion would be, DON'T PUSH THROUGH IT. It's really not worth it.

On a side note, for anyone out there who has any persistant hand injuries, accupuncture is magic. My accupuncturist stuck me with about 10 needles and then attached electrodes to them and it worked wonders.
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#1298158 - 11/02/09 09:49 AM Re: Wide Stretches [Re: Hjalmar Jakobsson]
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Originally Posted By: Hjalmar Jakobsson
Hi everybody!
I've noticed that it starts to hurt a little bit on the sides of the wrist when I play wide intervals on the piano. One day I tried to play the Chopin etude op 10 no 11 and I felt kind of a pain in the middle between the hand and the forearm at the spot where the wrist is like hardest.
So my question is: is there anything I can do to prevent from this pain, or does it go away naturally when you've played for a long period of time???

smile

There are three steps that need to be taken:
1) Stop playing now. Cold turkey. If you continue, it will only get worse and the ramifications will increase.
2) Get thee to a doctor, preferably one who specializes in musician's injuries. You may need to be treated for the injury and restore yourself to health. However, do not begin playing, even if you feel better until you:
3)Find a teacher who helps with pianists with injuries. You do not mention if you have a teacher, but I suspect you will need one who can teach you a technique that will prove painless.
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#1298244 - 11/02/09 12:17 PM Re: Wide Stretches [Re: Morodiene]
AZNpiano Offline
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Registered: 08/07/07
Posts: 6594
Loc: Orange County, CA
Op. 10 No. 2

That's the one that causes the most tension in the right arm.

I would simple choose a different piece to work on, one that wouldn't cause any pain or discomfort.

Otherwise, it might be an issue of hand position and forced legato in awkward places.
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