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Advice for "Wrist Failure?" #596248
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I'm playing the third movement of Moonlight Sonata, and, at the appropriate speed, my wrist begins to seize up after all of the eighteenth notes. I think I'm supposed to loosen it and let my fingers do the job... what should I do?

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Re: Advice for "Wrist Failure?" #596249
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Play the arpeggios very lightly for a while. It should be fun and bouncy.


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16th notes.

your wrist cant loseen up til it knows what to play. practise the notes and forget about the tension for now, but always stop if it becomes particularly uncomfortable in case its followed by pain and you dont wanna do any harm.


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You can do it slowly exaggerating a bouncy wrist on each note. This will work in a loose wrist to the muscle memory. Gradually speed up using the metronome. The bounciness will get less and less visible, but the relaxed feeling will stay as the speed increases.


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If your wrist is tensing up, you are risking an injury that could very troublesome & painful. I'm struggling with this problem myself right now and it extends beyond just piano playing. Trust me - you don't want this to happen.

Its not a race to see how fast you can learn it or play it. Just keep it slow until the piece fits comfortably & naturally under your fingers. Also, starting slow will give you much more control over it which is essential for a piece like this. You will find the pace begin to pick up naturally once it gets to this point.

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Play really slowly first. REALLY SLOW. Slower than you have ever played before, even if you know the notes like the back of your hand. Make sure you see how you can reach each note comfortably and DO NOT force your wrists, especially if they are seizing up. Stop once you start to tense. I know this for a fact--both my wrists are injured because I am a perfectionist and always force myself to do more. I can still play, but I've had to hold back a little bit.

Take it slow and steady and work yourself up to the tempo. It gives you great control and your hands get more accustomed to the touch and to the feeling of the sixteenth-note passages as time goes on and soon it will just be effortless.


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