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I've been developing an almost arthritis-like pain in my knuckles after playing for a while that I've assumed is due to the long reach from 1st to 4th finger when playing. 

 

Any tips on alleviating this increasing problem?

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Start out slowly while experimenting with your reaches. Test your arm position and make sure it is placed in a position that allows your hand to come around the best for a less stressed (tense) reach.

Warm up a good 5-10 minutes before doing any intense playing. Scales, slow trills. Above all, relax.

Could your Aikido stretches and warm-ups help? Maybe even stretching afterwards as one does, or should do, after physical activity and sports.

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Does Aikido do finger stretches? I watched some videos on youtube and thought they only arm and wrist stuff. I just pop my knucles before I practice and don't get pain. Maybe you need a smaller viola?

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I have a 16" Viola, which is the right size for me. I was checked for fit by my son's orchestra teacher.

Maybe I just need younger hands, Scarecrow... laugh

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I don't know what size my viola is. Its not really mine but borrowed. It looks just like a violin not giant like in the video by Violaman. Mine's pretty beatup.

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My viola is not giant ScareCrow, it's my head that is tiny. dunno

I also have a 16" viola.

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I prolly need a bigger viola cause my head is too big. LOL!!!

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There's a viola joke in there, somewhere ... laugh

Maybe you can win Violaman's CVA-400 Viola to balance out your head-size. wink

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Either one of you may win. I am surprised at how few people are qualifying. Then again there is still a ways to go before the first week of January.

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That would be so cool to win a new viola! I swear the one I have now looks like somebody chewed on it.

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Did someone chew on it? Did you buy it used? What have you been doing to it. LOL

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Scarecrow said:

Does Aikido do finger stretches? I watched some videos on youtube and thought they only arm and wrist stuff. I just pop my knucles before I practice and don't get pain. Maybe you need a smaller viola?

hahaha i don't think that finger streches should be the right way to warm up, and poping knucles, shouldn't do that, that is an advice from my violins professor you have to take care for your fingers, so it will be better to have some warm up exercises.

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Violaman said:

Did someone chew on it? Did you buy it used? What have you been doing to it. LOL

LOL!! I don't think somebody really chewed it but I'm not sure because it looks really old. 

It's not even mine. It's borrowed so I cant complain to much. If I do OK with it then may be I can get a better one next year sometime.beg

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Manny said:

Scarecrow said:

Does Aikido do finger stretches? I watched some videos on youtube and thought they only arm and wrist stuff. I just pop my knucles before I practice and don't get pain. Maybe you need a smaller viola?

hahaha i don't think that finger streches should be the right way to warm up, and poping knucles, shouldn't do that, that is an advice from my violins professor you have to take care for your fingers, so it will be better to have some warm up exercises.

My Aikido instructor showed my the stretches his therapist assigned to him for a very similar problem, and I'll admit they hurt like a rant, but seem to be helping somewhat. Oddly enough, the stretching is felt most in my upper arm and shoulder than hand. Go figure...dunno

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Can you show us some of those stretches? Would be cool to try it.violingirl

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well aikido is a japanese martial art, and this guys do amazing things, so i thing streching fingers shuould have a propose, show us some of those streches i want to try it too.

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I meant to reply to this thread quite a while ago ...

 

Aikido stretches focus primarily on the tendons and ligaments of the wrist, to loosen and strengthen them against the types of techniques commonly taught. There's not that much focus on the fingers, themselves.

Below is a video of the basic wrist stretches common to just about every style of Aikido. Most practitioners are generally more enthusiastic than the girl demonstrating, though. Perhaps it was the inexplicable choice of Irish music for a video about a Japanese martial art that confused her into a near-stupor... sf-cool

 

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Do you do this HC? You can actually develop special stretches for violists 🙂

You could make a video and post it here.headbang

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Do you do this HC? You can actually develop special stretches for violists 🙂

You could make a video and post it here.headbang

 

The stretches in the video? Yes, they're part of the standard stretches and warmup before nearly every class. I suppose I could've made a video while I was at the open workout yesterday, but I tend to shy away from making instructional videos in Aikido-related stuff out of respect for my own Sensei. 

Incidentally, the stretch he showed me for my finger pain wasn't in the video above. You just place your palm on a wall, fingers down, at shoulder height. Gradually increase the height of your hand to increase the stretch.

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