Topic: Pinky "Lock-up"
This question has emerged on the Teaching Topic - keen to have replies from medical experts.
"My pinky also locks on my right hand making it extremely difficult and painful to play fast passages using Ab and low F. Has anybody had this and fixed it?" - Mike
#when you say "locks up" does it a seem to be a form of stiffness reducing speedy movement or is it (as I am recently experiencing) a physical "locking" of the joint when it is curled into the palm?
I ask this because to date my playing hasn't been affected as I don't curl my pinky under far enough to cause the painful "lock-up". If its the latter you experience you may possibly be curling the finger too much - perhaps the hand is too far over the keys? Good playing posture has the hand totally relaxed without contraction of the fingers into tight curves. Keep finger contact as flat as is consistent with maintaining relaxed natural finger curvature.
I would be interested in comments from Bill Dawson Moderator of the Health & Wellness Topic of this Forum.
Christchurch New Zealand
Bassoonist / Teacher / Conductor