Is this common for pianists?
Right-shoulder Pain After Practice
Posted 21 January 2018 - 21:21
Posted 21 January 2018 - 22:00
yes can be sometimes it can be caused by tension or also raised shoulders. Need to assess your playing posture perhaps have someone taking a photo/video of your playing so you can see your playing position.
Posted 23 January 2018 - 20:45
Thank you both for your kind responses. I've never noticed tension. The pain has increased the more I practise scales. I have a suspicion I am rotating my wrist and arm too much.
Posted 24 January 2018 - 02:27
Posted 24 January 2018 - 05:58
No worries I used to have that problem last year it's gone now though.
What caused it in your case, and how did you resolve it?
Posted 24 January 2018 - 07:42
Posted 04 February 2018 - 14:35
This is a wonderful video on the problem. Everything he says is absolutely true and certainly the point he makes about it becoming 'normal'. It also impedes your technical progress like nothing else! I experience very minor shoulder pain with the piano. When I played guitar it was extreme, chronic, severe . . . . to the point where I had to stop for many months just to recover from what I called 'concrete shoulders'. Don't ignore this, it's quite possible to do permanent damage to yourself. I now use a theraband for upper back/shoulder exercises and without doubt it's helping a lot. It's not a cure though. The cure is to mentally learn to relax and to get rid of all dysfunctional tension. You can practice it (learn to find it or 'map' it), very much like practicing scales or a piece.