I’ve recently been diagnosed with a case of tennis elbow. The damage is not severe, and I’ve been working successfully with a chiropractor in fixing the perpetual tightness in my right forearm that the injury was causing. I expect the symptoms to be cleared in a few weeks.
This injury is undoubtedly the result of improper right hand technique. I’ll spare everyone the reasons why that’s clear, but it’s really quite evident that this is a technique issue and not something else.
My best guess is that I began somehow tensing and or using the muscles in the back of my hand and the top of my forearm to pluck strings about three years ago. There’s no way to tell exactly when, since I clearly wasn’t aware that I was doing anything wrong.
I’ve been trying for months to fix this issue, but have become incredibly frustrated. I took a five week break from the instrument and started playing again about a month ago, but the frustration has returned, and it’s even worse now. I’m really at my wit’s end, and I’m just about ready to give up playing. Two years ago I was playing concert level programs, and now I’m reduced to slowly plucking one string over and over desperately trying to find a way to get rid of the tension. I haven’t played anything resembling music in about two months because I can feel the tennis elbow coming back as I play.
My teacher has told me that she has no idea how to help me.
Has anyone heard of improper technique giving a harpist tennis elbow? There’s really no information out there. Any advice or kind words would be appreciated.