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Posted by jimmyt on February 08, 2000 at 20:43:31:
In Reply to: Right hand playing position help!! posted by Bob Wijntjes on January 14, 2000 at 22:32:19:
Hello Bob - It was a bit of a surprise when the doctor in performance medicine who was watching me play and reconfiguring my tendonitis-smitten left hand, pointed out that I was bucking for a lovely carpal tunnel syndrome in my right. I was playing with my forearm resting on the top of the body, and crooking my wrist joint at something like a 90 degree angle. I thought that this contorted spidery hand effect was the way go. Nope! According to his wisdom Geddy Lee's approach was the one to take. I've adopted it and noticed a big difference. By keeping the tendons straighter through the wrist joint the picking hand is way more efficient (and speedy) and you do much to avoid the chance of an RSI. Keeping the right elbow fairly forward helps too. Octave jumps are alot easier given the natural alignment that the fingers fall into with the picking hand angled around 45 degrees in relation to the course of the strings. Hope this helps. Please feel free to e-mail me.
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