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This topic simply scared me ; by all indications, I suffescared from focal dystonia of right hand for many years, and nobody till now hasn't say that to me !


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Ne za shto! One thing came to my mind: one of my teachers told me always to look straight ahead while playing. When I raised my shoulders because of tension he would come and press my shoulders down. Arms, wrists and fingers had to be in constant slow non-stop movement. That was very important. If something stopped, the music would also stop. Then he told me to practise also in standing position. Just I while ago I had a gig with a singer and there was an electronic piano which was too high. I had to play standing without a chair. Maybe normal for rock/pop pianist but not for classically trained.

Speaking of famous pianists, who have focal dystonia, there are plenty. Those who practise(d) 16 hours a day have/had it for sure. Glenn Gould, Rachmaninoff...? I don't know where Fleisher's dystonia came from. Did Gary Graffman have dystonia or something else? I read that he substituted fifth and fourth finger with third in octaves in order to get more brilliant sound and that's why he broke his hand...

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Originally Posted by Molto lombardo
Ne za shto! One thing came to my mind: one of my teachers told me always to look straight ahead while playing. When I raised my shoulders because of tension he would come and press my shoulders down. Arms, wrists and fingers had to be in constant slow non-stop movement. That was very important. If something stopped, the music would also stop. Then he told me to practise also in standing position.
Play the piano while standing - this is a great thing! I did so in jazz locales when I was younger, and could   to stand for three hours like nothing. In terms of the anatomical - physiological is the most correct position; and even improvisation came out much better. It is clear that children should start that way and not be glued with the most central place of body to a chair, from which come all the troubles. Have you heard anything about owerwalking feet?
Musty mindset - this is terrible, it may continue for hundreds of years!

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