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PLEASE FILL OUT: Short survey on Clawhammer banjo and thumb pain

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Sep 30, 2020 - 12:09:38 PM
30 posts since 1/15/2011

All,

Fill out this brief survey to help us all get to the bottom of a problem that some players have and some (weirdly) don't: thumb pain/tenderness after long sessions. I'll post the results once I get a good number of answers. Thanks in advance!

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Robert

Sep 30, 2020 - 12:40:30 PM
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3890 posts since 10/13/2005

Well I filled it out until you wanted me to submit my e-mail to Google. What security do you have in place to stop spamming and hacking? banjered

Sep 30, 2020 - 1:15:38 PM

KCJones

USA

926 posts since 8/30/2012

Done.

Banjered, there's no inherent risk in including an email address in this survey.

Sep 30, 2020 - 3:11:26 PM
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DC5

USA

13717 posts since 6/30/2015
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quote:
Originally posted by banjered

Well I filled it out until you wanted me to submit my e-mail to Google. What security do you have in place to stop spamming and hacking? banjered


I answered the survey and did not give either my name, or email address.  Neither is required.  The required information has a red *, and there is none for name or email address. 

Sep 30, 2020 - 3:21:52 PM
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cevant

USA

44 posts since 2/5/2020

Well, I added my name and my email address and now there is a black helicopter hovering over my house. Now what?!!

Sep 30, 2020 - 3:32:03 PM
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2335 posts since 4/7/2010

therearegoats

There are only options for index and middle finger. I use my ring finger to play clawhammer banjo, so I gave up on the survey.

Bob Smakula

Edited by - Bob Smakula on 09/30/2020 15:32:56

Sep 30, 2020 - 3:40:17 PM

Bill Rogers (Moderator)

USA

23955 posts since 6/25/2005

I’ll not bother with the survey, but I’ve been playing since 1963 and have never had thumb pain of any kind from playing banjo—clawhammer or any other style.

Sep 30, 2020 - 7:00:56 PM

30 posts since 1/15/2011

quote:Originally posted by Bob Smakulatherearegoats

There are only options for index and middle finger. I use my ring finger to play clawhammer banjo, so I gave up on the survey.

Since ring-finger playing is so rare, @Bob Smakula, I didn't include it originally. But I should have. I just added it as an option. Sorry for the oversight.

Regarding the email option, yes, it's optional. I included it just so I could follow up with folks if I needed to. But regardless, the email addresses will certainly not be used for anything but that!

Oct 1, 2020 - 7:41:53 AM

459 posts since 2/15/2015

Repetitive stress.

There's a technique that comes up occasionally in conversations and articles. I have heard of it for years but I had never, ever seen any information regarding this technique.

It's called the Alexander technique.

Does anybody know anything whatsoever about this technique?

Oct 1, 2020 - 9:03:36 AM

4617 posts since 2/24/2004

quote:
Originally posted by Bob Smakula

therearegoats

There are only options for index and middle finger. I use my ring finger to play clawhammer banjo, so I gave up on the survey.

Bob Smakula

HI! I didn't see the survey to fill out--but I have no thumb or finger or hand or arm pain while playing the clawhammer banjo.  If playing for long periods--I do stand and walk around while playing as I don't like to sit for long periods at a time.  My fitbit buzzes me if I don't take at least 250 steps a day & it is real dissapointed with me if I don't walk at least 10k steps a day--that's about 4 1/2 miles :)

Best banjo wishes,

Mary Z. Cox

maryzcox.com


Oct 1, 2020 - 1:30:56 PM

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I just put my BHO handle where it asked for my name. The OP can find me if he wants to.

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