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Hmm. On vibes I think you can safely and easily expect each hand to be able to reach an octave span; it depends some on the player and what part of the instrument you're in generally (e.g., on marimba you can probably get a noticeably wider range - maybe out to a 10th - at the upper end of the instrument, where the bars are closer together). On vibes that ...


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great discussion. I have Multiple Sclerosis which also makes my left hand numb at times (for days at a time). I have found using "open tuning" helps tremendously. I can make beautiful sounds with fewer fingers. I also have laid my guitar in my lap and play similar to a steel-slide guitar. I use my strongest finger to hold down the fret; I use light/ ...


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I taught myself guitar. As a result, I started off with crappy technique that caused injury to my hands. In order to stop the pain, I went back to the beginning and analyzed my personal ergonomics and then changed my technique. What I found worked for me was: Practicing fretting notes cleanly: My fretting fingers are close to the frets and press as ...


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Shaking your hand out is good for when it gets tired. Maybe a stress ball or, if you can handle it, a pair of these:


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I am a 71 year old woman and have played guitar for years. I have had to change techniques over time as the inflammation and pain has gotten worse. I find that playing an acoustic with strings that are close to the fret board is easier for me than playing electric. Also light strings help a lot. I use Agustine light (blue)) Since I can't curve my index ...


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To add my $0.02 - There is actually a really wonderful text for percussion writing called How to write for percussion by Samuel Z. Soloman, which is fairly comprehensive (and has some really handy beater charts!) Remember to think of physical distance - a simple 4 octave jump that would be easy on a piano might mean a marimbist having to move 6-8 feet! ...


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The pro-style 4 mallet grip allows for a very wide selection of intervals and easy switching between them. It gets kind of fidgety at the extremes, but a good player should really have no trouble reaching anything that the mallets can physically reach. For context, I am by no means a great percussionist and I honestly have little problem playing any ...


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I am 55 years old and have developed these same isues over time. First and foremost a vist to your doctor. Clebrex (or miloxicam generic celebrex and not costly) has worked very well for me. Use good non greasy deep heat muscle rub on your hands and wrists before you play. Secondly, a little larger guitar neck like say a les paul verses a Gretsch or Fender ...


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Do you use "tapping" in your solos (as introduced by Eddie Van Halen) ? I don't have pain but sometimes I get cramp in my hands during a long gig, I have found that using a lot of tapping seems to need less tension in my hands and generally less movement to get fast riffs and licks going. Each finger only holds a note for a short time, and rarely would ...



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