I don’t know if I am tensing my left arm when playing or not.Lately have been having a lot of pain in upper arm- it really hurts-I have been playing violin for a few years but don’t remember this pain when I started-I practice just about every day so my arm should not do this- any suggestions?
Whenever you get this pain stop, try to do some warming excersices and for example try doing really slow scales to check the arm position and tension with your fingers etc, you should be careful with this, I had it a couple weeks ago and it was because I tried to play the hard and fast passages without warming up my fingers so I was tensing up
This reply was modified 1 year, 3 months ago by j12mejor.
You might want to get a checkup to make sure you’re not getting carpal tunnel syndrome — maybe from an activity or work that involves repetitive motion. That can definitely cause arm pain and numbness.Otherwise, a shoulder injury or arthritis can affect the upper arm. I have both conditions — I’m likely a lot older than you are — but I have noticed that violin and especially viola playing has become more difficult for me over time. Either condition can be alleviated through medical and holistic treatments — physical therapy, yoga and Qigong have helped me, as well as supplements to make your joints more limber.