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owie #1569979
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Occasionally when I practice a lot, the sides of my thumbs by the nail start to hurt. I notice too that what's called the lateral nail fold (seepicture ) where the thumb comes in contact with the keys does not extend as far to the fingertip as it should.

Does anyone else get this and have suggestions on how to avoid this issue or how to limit the discomfort caused by it? (and no, I'm not going to pay a doctor $100 for this) It had gone back to normal when I stopped playing over the summer.



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Re: owie [Re: Arghhh] #1569986
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dear Aaargh..

my hands are cold sensitive and get cracked and even bleed, especially if I do a lot of cleaning.. in the depths of winter i put lanolin on the cracks and creases along the nails before bedtime. It's a bit stinky so i put a pair of cotton gloves on. I also wear light gloves while practicing often. slik liners are best (about 7 $) but they'll last all year. I also bought a 12 pack of nylon inspector gloves which work just fine but are not as delightfully flexible. I quickly got used to playing with gloves. Any heavy creme applied before bed will help.


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It might help to make sure that the corners of your nails are smoothly rounded and not square.

I wonder if you are pressing too hard on the keys?


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clip them carefully, see to them being roundedged, following the curve of the thumb, it shouldn't be that big a deal, if only pianists would know how to clip their fingernails....it's really basic, but sooo neglected!


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Originally Posted by Arghhh
I notice too that what's called the lateral nail fold where the thumb comes in contact with the keys does not extend as far to the fingertip as it should.



I hope you mean to the thumb tip? smile Is there a norm for this?

On my RH thumb the right nail fold only extends one third up the nail. I don't have problem with soreness other than splits at the corners in winter and hang nails, both since I started playing, and worse in winter.

I use Lotil cream. Works a treat,

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Maybe wear the thumb end of a rubber glove? With a bit of padding?


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Maybe you are playing with the wrong part of your thumb. Be sure that you are playing with the tip of the side of your thumb, not the entire side of the nail of your thumb, otherwise the side of yoour thumb will begin to hurt from the repeated action of depressing the keys in the course of normal practice.


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Does this happen on all pianos, or just the one you normally practice on?

I ask because another way of looking at this is that the keys on your piano may be stiffer or more difficult to play, whereas a piano with a lighter touch would not cause the problem.


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Well, using lotion seemed to help with the soreness. I probably also lift my thumbs too high off the keys (but I am playing fff) AND play closer to the joint than the tip. So there's two more things I should fix. Thanks for the advice!


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