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 Fatigue ring finger (RH)
Author: saraho 
Date:   2019-06-11 19:02

I wondered if anyone has experienced fatigue ring finger on the right hand after playing lots of Fs?

Recently, I've been working on Ferling #44, which has lots of Fs. I often find my RH, especially ring finger, feeling a bit fatigue after playing this Ferling for like 5-10 min. I usually have at least 15 min "warm up" scales practice before Ferling and I've not experienced any fatigue in my RH during warm up. If I skip this Ferling and do some other pieces in F major (e.g. Mozart K370 Allegro), I don't feel any ring-finger fatigue. And if I do some fast passages in D minor (e.g. Marcello concerto in D minor, 3rd movement) with quite a bit of fork Fs and normal Fs, the fatigue seems to resurface.

I think the fatigue may be related to playing the two different Fs...

Any advice on this?

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 Re: Fatigue ring finger (RH)
Author: Hotboy 
Date:   2019-06-11 20:43

Fatigue on the right hand often comes from tension. Some tension is necessary in the RH thumb and forefinger to hold the instrument, but I see many students who allow that tension to creep to the lower part of the hand.

To play without tension, hold the instrument in your mouth and lightly finger a C. While doing that, you should also be able to wiggle the RH free fingers very loosely. That looseness should translate into how lightly you put those fingers on the keys.

If you have to press the keys down to get notes to play, then your oboe is out of adjustment or has bad pads.

The Ferling etude 44 (in five flats with lots of triplets) doesn't seem particularly stressful on Fs. You could play some of the fork Fs on left F instead, but I still think that tension may be what is causing your problem.

If your hand is free from tension, you should be able to play measured trills for a minute without stopping. An example of a measured trill is low E trilled to F, played in 16th notes at metronome quarter = 150. Others are D/E, D/F, Eb/F, and F/G.

Bay Area, California

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