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11 March 2010 @ 11:01 am
Sore Right Fingers and Wrist  
I've been playing the flute for about 6 months after a hiatus of several years. I'm playing with a community band, and as our big yearly concert is approaching, we've been putting in lots of extra practice time, and I've been putting in more of my own. For the last week or so the amount of time I've been able to practice has gotten shorter and shorter because the ring and little fingers of my right hand have been sore. Now the pain has moved into my my right wrist (the outer side.) Do you have any tips for correcting this? I've been looking at my right arm position relative to my wrist, but I don't know if there is anything wrong with it or not. Those last two fingers are my weakest, but they're some of the most important. I have joint hypermobility (double-jointed) and when my fingers are tired or when I'm stretching my little finger to play the lower notes, the knuckle of that little finger has a tendency to "pop out," making it painful and harder to move. How can I strengthen not just my fingers but my joints?
 
 
 
The Simpsons' Illegitimate Spawn: squishythtsgoodsquishy on March 12th, 2010 07:43 pm (UTC)
The proper position for your thumb is where it lands when you do #1-3 above. It's different for every person. Mine ends up slightly to the side of my index finger after I shake my hand out. I think, for a lot of people, your thumb should be under your F key or a little left of there--so, yeah, having it under your middle finger is unnatural. Marking it with the Bo-Pep or a piece of moleskin will let you know where to put your thumb every time.