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Hi guys,

I started playing the keys since I was 10, with a long pause between my 16 and 24th and 27th till now (33). I never really had good teachers who focused on my technique, but lately I've started playing again and noticed how difficult some 'simple' things are when doing them with my right hand, while my left hand has no problem with it at all. For example: I can alternate Bb to C with my left hand and thumb - index finger easily doing a 'rotational' movement. My right hand, however, doesn't work as well when doing a similar movement. I'm not sure if it's relevant, but I'm a lefty.

Lately I've been starting to feel I bit of pain in my right forearm which goes up to my shoulder. I know this is clearly a sign of bad technique, but the fact that I can't even do a rotational movement, worries me that there may be some structural damage in my right hand. Does anyone have had similar experiences and how did you deal with it?

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If you are talking about Bb and C for both hands, then maybe you are comparing apples to oranges. It seems to fit the left hand naturally with the thumb playing the lower elevation key (C). But, with the right hand, the thumb/hand has to elevate much more to get atop the Bb while the finger has to then go a lot lower to reach the C. There is a greater disparity in elevation for the right hand playing Bb-C as the thumb doesn't have the same range of motion as the finger does.

Does your right hand do E to Fsharp ok? That is the mirror image of left hand Bb to C.

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It's normal for a left-handed person to have difficulties with right hand movements. I don't think there's any structural damage in your right hand.

It's very good that you understood the importance of good technique before your problem got really serious. Now it's time to start to work on your technique thoroughly. We talk quite a lot about relaxation on this forum. Search for it, I think it's a good starting point.

The best exercise for rotational movement is playing arpeggios.

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You could also consider shopping around for a teacher until you find one that takes technique seriously and is good at teaching it.

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Originally Posted by VeritasNL
the fact that I can't even do a rotational movement, worries me that there may be some structural damage in my right hand.
As a 33 y o you should be able to do all movements that ordinary adults can do. So I would advise you to check with your doctor, or a physiotherapist.
If you are interested in very good technique lessons, take three months at PCA which is based on the Russian piano school. The teacher talks a lot about relaxation. You can send a video for feedback every week. You might get hooked though. smile


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