Guitar student with broken right wrist…

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Ken Hiebert said: Jan 26, 2012
 Guitar
8 posts

I have a guitar student who broke his right wrist the other day so I’m looking for some activities to keep him busy for the next few weeks just so he doesn’t put down his guitar for a month. Today we worked on hammer-ons and pull-offs. I’m not sure I really want to do that for the next month. Any suggestions?

Barb said: Jan 26, 2012
Barb Ennis
Suzuki Association Member
Cello
678 posts

Playing with his toes? :-)
I’m sure you’ve considered theory, ear-training, listening exercises… probably more computer oriented than pen and paper…
Careful playing with the left hand while just hearing the notes in his head…
Having another student (or yourself) do the right hand work for him while he fingers the left…

Barb
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Artem Vovk said: Jan 26, 2012
Artem VovkGuitar
Boulder, CO
6 posts

Visualize. Best time ever to learn this wonderful skill. I’ve had several friends with tendonitis (know on wood for me). They ended up learning to visualize like never before.
Say the notes (chords are hard but say them fast) to the rhythm of the music. Say the left hand fingerings, the right hand fingerings (can get boring), the fret numbers. Whatever works.
Malva Freymuth has a wonderful book on the topic: “Mental Practice and Imagery for Musicians”

Or teach the intro to Stepan Rak’s Hora.

-Artem Vovk
artemvovkguitar.com

Barb said: Jan 26, 2012
Barb Ennis
Suzuki Association Member
Cello
678 posts

I made a general post as I thought it merited its own topic, and planned to come back here and link to it. And yes, they talk about visualization! Musician Injuries and learning away from the instrument. About 18 minutes in.

Barb
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