These strategies are in no order of importance.
- Observe all of the movements that you make. How aware are you of your own movements? I once heard an Internationally famous musician described as a “genius of movement” as opposed to a genius of music. That way of thinking taught me a lot.
- Learn and learn very carefully what minimal force really means. Apply it all day long to every activity.
- Study Alexander Technique or Feldenkrais Technique. Take lessons if there is a qualified practitioner in your area.
- Learn about bio-mechanics.
- Feel and internalise thoroughly the sensations of playing properly.
- Don’t run before you can walk. In other words, don’t try to develop too quickly.
- Do some body mapping. See the link in the references for “pianomap.com”.
- Focus on the totality of your body not just the part affected by dystonia.
- Get help from those who really know about Focal Dystonia. Good people are Dr. Joaquin Farias and Joaquin Fabra.
References for the TSFD retraining series.
Conversations with Dr. Joaquin Farias
Scott Tennant DVD & book: Pumping Nylon