Hi everyone! I’m so glad to rediscover this forum, as I am really rediscovering piano playing again as a 51 year old guy.
I never left playing completely, but I also run a small recording studio and compose for small film projects, and the other things associated with those activities really filled my creative void, but now I have really been returning to playing and learning new pieces and new styles. I am more of a keyboard player and have been in many pop or country bands over the years.
Anyway, I use a Yamaha S90xs as a controller and have many piano VSTs, but mostly play my Pianoteq Bluethner or Steinway.
So as I’ve been trying to learn new things, I have been working on two pieces that have a really wide stretch on the left hand. I have been playing root-5-10 for decades and that’s comfortable, but one of these songs has me stretching a 6th and the other a 7th, between my pinky and my index finger. After an hour or two a day of working on these songs, I have suddenly developed pain in my pinky, I assume from that stretch. Also, I find myself letting the last knuckle of that pinky hyper-extend when using it that way, like that last joint is trying to bend backward instead of being slightly curled or straight.
Can anyone lend me some advice on how to rectify this issue? I’ve never had a piano related injury and it’s a little scary that I’m getting one now, as I am getting serious all over again. Any help would be much appreciated.