January 21, 2013 at 6:45 PMRecently, as you may or may not know, I have been practicing hard for my audition materials on violin. I feel like when I'm playing my hands become stiff, because the music is quick-moving and I'm possibly clenching the violin in anguish sometimes. It's more my left hand, though, because it does all the moving in the pieces. I also feel like I'm getting more frustrated and I have to take more breaks to calm myself down before I can try again, because I can't get it the way it is supposed to go. If any of you have any opinions or suggestions about these topics, please let me know. Thank you for reading!
I think I know what you tell... It happens to me too when my hands are tired and exhausted.
Since my hands are very fragile and weak, I put ice preventivly every evening (or more if you want) on my left hand in violin rush periods. I put it ten minutes with a wet cloth around the ice pack (the physiotherapists say this is what is recommended to not burn the skin with the ice pack.)
I also put on some cream (sold by physiotherapists or prescribed by a physician) for muscle and joint releif. These cream (physio rub, Voltaren Gel etc.) often contain a light dose of anti-inflammatory + some mint aroma that really does relax the hands (or any muscular or articulated body part if ever you have back or shoulder pain etc.) It's actually a quite surprizing feeling and action (I was sceptical before trying it but now, I find it is very helpful!)
Of course, this won't heal serious injuries that can be cause by overusing one's hands (as every articulated part, we must use them cleverly and allow some breaks to not get injured.) but it certainly is very efficient to help tissue reparation and relaxation (so that your hands are a lot less stiff the next morning).
Each person is different but you could always go see a physiotherapists for such tricks.
I hope you'll find a solution,
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