Welcome to the Piano World Piano Forums
Over 2.5 million posts about pianos, digital pianos, and all types of keyboard instruments
Join the World's Largest Community of Piano Lovers (it's free)
It's Fun to Play the Piano ... Please Pass It On!

SEARCH
Piano Forums & Piano World
What's Hot!!
Posting Pictures on the Forums
-------------------
Forums RULES & HELP
-------------------
ADVERTISE on Piano World
(125ad)
Piano Life Saver - Dampp Chaser
Dampp Chaser Piano Life Saver
(ad)
Piano Buyer Guide
Piano Buyer Fall 2017
Who's Online Now
88 registered members (Agent88, Birdgolf, ando, Anita Potter, accordeur, 30 invisible), 1,720 guests, and 2 spiders.
Key: Admin, Global Mod, Mod
(ad)
Estonia Pianos
Estonia Pianos
Quick Links to Useful Piano & Music Resources
Our Classified Ads
Find Piano Professionals-

*Piano Dealers - Piano Stores
*Piano Tuners
*Piano Teachers
*Piano Movers
*Piano Restorations
*Piano Manufacturers

Quick Links:
*Advertise On Piano World
*Free Piano Newsletter
*Online Piano Recitals
*Piano Recitals Index
*Piano & Music Accessories
*Live Piano Venues
*Music School Listings
* Buying a Piano
*Buying A Acoustic Piano
*Buying a Digital Piano
*Pianos for Sale
*Sell Your Piano
*How Old is My Piano?
*Directory/Site Map
*Virtual Piano
*Music Word Search
*Piano Videos
*Virtual Piano Chords & Scales
Previous Thread
Next Thread
Print Thread
#1996177 - 12/07/12 10:34 PM Sprained my thumb, how to practice without playing piano?  
Joined: Mar 2012
Posts: 208
SamXu Offline
Full Member
SamXu  Offline
Full Member

Joined: Mar 2012
Posts: 208
I'm standing upside down...
I sprained my thumb while playing European Handball last thursday, and since then, i have not practiced piano at all, and I miss it very, very, much. However, i still want to practice. How would you do this?


HSC pieces:
Shostakovich Piano Concerto op 102. movement 1
Chopin Op10 No1
Debussy Broulliards Preludes Bk1
Kats-Chernin Russian Rag
Messiaen Regard d'letoile
Mozart Sonata for 2 pianos D major
(ad)
Piano & Music Accessories
piano accessories music gifts tuning and moving equipment
#1996181 - 12/07/12 11:01 PM Re: Sprained my thumb, how to practice without playing piano? [Re: SamXu]  
Joined: May 2001
Posts: 20,803
BruceD Offline
Yikes! 10000 Post Club Member
BruceD  Offline

Yikes! 10000 Post Club Member

Joined: May 2001
Posts: 20,803
Victoria, BC
1. Study your scores away from the piano, imagining you are playing them, while learning some of the details you may overlook while actually playing or re-learning some you may have forgotten.

2. Practice your pieces in your mind. Can you imagine them accurately without looking at the scores?

3. Can you start your "mind-playing" of your pieces at different spots in each piece?

4. Mentally, take any measure in any piece you are working on; can you accurately name all the notes and their note-values?

5. Practice any and all passages that need work and that you normally play with your "good" hand at the piano.

6. If you're serious about piano playing, stop playing European handball.

Best wishes for a speedy recovery and return to the piano with both hands.

Regards,


BruceD
- - - - -
Estonia 190
#1996183 - 12/07/12 11:06 PM Re: Sprained my thumb, how to practice without playing piano? [Re: BruceD]  
Joined: Mar 2012
Posts: 208
SamXu Offline
Full Member
SamXu  Offline
Full Member

Joined: Mar 2012
Posts: 208
I'm standing upside down...
Originally Posted by BruceD
1. Study your scores away from the piano, imagining you are playing them, while learning some of the details you may overlook while actually playing or re-learning some you may have forgotten.

2. Practice your pieces in your mind. Can you imagine them accurately without looking at the scores?

3. Can you start your "mind-playing" of your pieces at different spots in each piece?

4. Mentally, take any measure in any piece you are working on; can you accurately name all the notes and their note-values?

5. Practice any and all passages that need work and that you normally play with your "good" hand at the piano.

6. If you're serious about piano playing, stop playing European handball.

Best wishes for a speedy recovery and return to the piano with both hands.

Regards,


Thanks for the advice. smile

BTW, the European handball was a compulsory sport that had to be played for PE sport that day.


HSC pieces:
Shostakovich Piano Concerto op 102. movement 1
Chopin Op10 No1
Debussy Broulliards Preludes Bk1
Kats-Chernin Russian Rag
Messiaen Regard d'letoile
Mozart Sonata for 2 pianos D major
#1996185 - 12/07/12 11:10 PM Re: Sprained my thumb, how to practice without playing piano? [Re: SamXu]  
Joined: Jun 2005
Posts: 5,446
Derulux Offline
5000 Post Club Member
Derulux  Offline
5000 Post Club Member

Joined: Jun 2005
Posts: 5,446
Philadelphia
Bruce pretty much hit it on the head. Don't use the thumb until it's healed, and when you step back to the keys, take it slow, just like you would with any other sports injury. Better to go slow than risk further injury and longer delay in returning to what you love. smile


Every day we are afforded a new chance. The problem with life is not that you run out of chances. In the end, what you run out of are days.
(ad ) MusicNotes.com
sheet music search
#1996248 - 12/08/12 04:16 AM Re: Sprained my thumb, how to practice without playing piano? [Re: SamXu]  
Joined: Jul 2004
Posts: 6,111
Dave Horne Offline
6000 Post Club Member
Dave Horne  Offline
6000 Post Club Member

Joined: Jul 2004
Posts: 6,111
Vught, The Netherlands
Both thumbs? You can still practice with your other hand and at least do technical studies in the non affected hand.

Every once in a while I'll irritate a tendon between my third and fourth finger on my right hand (that came years ago after spending several days on intense arpeggio studies). When that reappears I'll take it easy for that hand and spend more time doing technical studies for my left hand ... or just take it easy and play less demanding music.




website | mp3 files | Yamaha AvantGrand N3 | Roland RD 2000 | Sennheiser HD 598 headphones
#1996251 - 12/08/12 04:38 AM Re: Sprained my thumb, how to practice without playing piano? [Re: Dave Horne]  
Joined: Mar 2012
Posts: 208
SamXu Offline
Full Member
SamXu  Offline
Full Member

Joined: Mar 2012
Posts: 208
I'm standing upside down...
Originally Posted by Dave Horne
Both thumbs? You can still practice with your other hand and at least do technical studies in the non affected hand.


It's only my right thumb. Thanks for the advice.


HSC pieces:
Shostakovich Piano Concerto op 102. movement 1
Chopin Op10 No1
Debussy Broulliards Preludes Bk1
Kats-Chernin Russian Rag
Messiaen Regard d'letoile
Mozart Sonata for 2 pianos D major
#1996270 - 12/08/12 06:18 AM Re: Sprained my thumb, how to practice without playing piano? [Re: SamXu]  
Joined: Nov 2007
Posts: 8,931
wr Offline
8000 Post Club Member
wr  Offline
8000 Post Club Member

Joined: Nov 2007
Posts: 8,931
Originally Posted by Debbusyist
Originally Posted by Dave Horne
Both thumbs? You can still practice with your other hand and at least do technical studies in the non affected hand.


It's only my right thumb. Thanks for the advice.


There are many pieces and etudes for the left hand alone that you could explore. Try this listing from IMSLP.

#1996376 - 12/08/12 11:37 AM Re: Sprained my thumb, how to practice without playing piano? [Re: SamXu]  
Joined: Dec 2008
Posts: 1,664
Arghhh Offline
1000 Post Club Member
Arghhh  Offline
1000 Post Club Member

Joined: Dec 2008
Posts: 1,664
Or play your left hand parts and imagine or sing the sounds from the right hand parts. This should be easier than trying to do all the mental practice away from the piano.


Professional pianist and piano teacher.
#1996494 - 12/08/12 04:48 PM Re: Sprained my thumb, how to practice without playing piano? [Re: Arghhh]  
Joined: Mar 2012
Posts: 208
SamXu Offline
Full Member
SamXu  Offline
Full Member

Joined: Mar 2012
Posts: 208
I'm standing upside down...
Originally Posted by Arghhh
Or play your left hand parts and imagine or sing the sounds from the right hand parts. This should be easier than trying to do all the mental practice away from the piano.


Oh yeahhhhhhh. that'd be good.


HSC pieces:
Shostakovich Piano Concerto op 102. movement 1
Chopin Op10 No1
Debussy Broulliards Preludes Bk1
Kats-Chernin Russian Rag
Messiaen Regard d'letoile
Mozart Sonata for 2 pianos D major

Moderated by  Brendan, Kreisler 

Piano Acc. & Gift Items in
Piano World's Online Store
In PianoSupplies.com ,(a division of Piano World)
our online store for piano and music gifts and accessories, Digital Piano Dolly, party goods, tuning equipment, piano moving equipment, benches, lamps Caster Cups and more.


Free Shipping* on Jansen Artist Piano Benches, Cocoweb Piano Lamps, Hidrau Hydraulic Piano Benches
(*free shipping within contiguous U.S. only)
(ad)
Pearl River & Ritmuller
Pearl River Pianos
(ad)
Pianoteq
PianoTeq 6 Out now
ad
Pierce Piano Atlas


New Topics - Multiple Forums
Nord Piano Demo - which do you prefer...?
by Pologuy. 11/17/17 07:02 PM
Do you know this tune?
by mike1234567. 11/17/17 05:46 PM
Tune a Pianola
by Steve Freides. 11/17/17 05:10 PM
After the bass string breaks
by Keith Roberts. 11/17/17 12:43 PM
Forum Statistics
Forums44
Topics182,811
Posts2,672,601
Members89,154
Most Online15,252
Mar 21st, 2010
(ad)
Accu-Tuner
Sanderson Accu-Tuner
Check It Out!
There's a lot more to Piano World than just the forums.
Click Here to
Explore The Rest of Piano World!!
Visit our online store for gifts for music lovers


 
Help keep the forums up and running with a donation, any amount is appreciated!
Or by becoming a Subscribing member! Thank-you.
Donate   Subscribe
 
Our Piano Related Classified Ads
| Dealers | Tuners | Lessons | Movers | Restorations | Pianos For Sale | Sell Your Piano |

Advertise on Piano World
| Subscribe | Piano World | PianoSupplies.com | Advertise on Piano World |
| |Contact | Privacy | Legal | About Us | Site Map | Free Newsletter |


copyright 1997 - 2017 Piano World ® all rights reserved
No part of this site may be reproduced without prior written permission
Powered by UBB.threads™ PHP Forum Software 7.6.0