Hi all -
I've settled into a daily routine of about 3 hours training daily. Very easy 1/2 hour on the open string exercises of both Michael's Gypsy Picking and Stephane Wrembel's book, followed by the fingered runs, basic patterns from both as well; then 2 1/2 hours, or more when I'm feeling adventuresome, of strict rhythm work - at the moment, working and reworking the 40+ voicings I've come to know, chord progressions, and so forth.
I come from an Alexander Technique background, understand how to limit tension in play (to only the tension required); but nevertheless, I approach 50 and I've been off of all playing for a long, long time.
So far, no signs of carpal, but I do have some developingly profound pain in the left thumb (thumb playing is new to me), pain in the distal part of my left ring (suspect an old break from martial arts).
I know the answer is to lay off, but it's incredibly hard for me to do. Any thoughts about a modified regime to heal, any thoughts at all to get through this, so that I can play at the training level I really desire?
My injuries have always been bad injuries - broken arms, fractured skull, blown discs, the usual...
- and I actually have very little experience with chronic injury.
I must admit I will be going to Madison's Festival, and am hopeful to be back in the flow well enough that I won't be a hindrance in workshops there, and should I be ready, to sit in on loose jams well enough to play (and not screw up the "wa" or harmony of the group). Any thoughts would be appreciated.