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Klaus Waldburg's left-hand thumb protection

Posted: Tue Jan 23, 2018 5:57 pm
by velocio
Klaus Waldburg, one of my admired zither virtuosi, uploaded a new piece:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IZz8kz573hs

This time, we get to have a look at his hands, and we can see his left-hand thumb protection. I sure would like to get comments and recommendations on that subject - my thumbnail doesn't recover well if I overdo practicing ...

Re: Klaus Waldburg's left-hand thumb protection

Posted: Wed Jan 24, 2018 8:57 am
by Rudy Mueller
WOW!

Re: Klaus Waldburg's left-hand thumb protection

Posted: Fri Jan 26, 2018 6:23 pm
by Dave
One of our zither players from the Philadelphia area used to go to a nail salon just for one nail, his thumb nail. I got to see it and it looked like it was holding up well. He swore by it.

Re: Klaus Waldburg's left-hand thumb protection

Posted: Mon Jan 28, 2019 4:11 pm
by Evelyn
The zither player in this YouTube video appears to be using sellotape. (?) It can best be seen at ~1:20min in:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AX-2TZYFm-4

Does anyone happen to have the score for the piece the group is playing (Alpbacher Boarischer), perchance?

I use non-woven (plastic) sticking plaster for want of a better solution.

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Update:
I have replaced plaster with sellotape today. It works rather well (certainly better than plaster) - you hardly know it is there; it does not hinder sliding; and it withstood an hour of vigorous practising without any problems.

Re: Klaus Waldburg's left-hand thumb protection

Posted: Tue Jan 29, 2019 9:08 am
by Rudy Mueller
One of the local students developed an infection under his right (ring) thumb nail. He ended up seeing a physician, and could not work the griffbrett for over 2 months, essentially losing the nail.

Rudi

Re: Klaus Waldburg's left-hand thumb protection

Posted: Tue Jan 29, 2019 9:12 am
by Evelyn
Rudy Mueller wrote:
Tue Jan 29, 2019 9:08 am
One of the local students developed an infection under his right (ring) thumb nail. He ended up seeing a physician, and could not work the griffbrett for over 2 months, essentially losing the nail.

Rudi
Ouch !!!

Re: Klaus Waldburg's left-hand thumb protection

Posted: Sun Feb 03, 2019 6:29 pm
by Rudy Mueller
I am neither a physician nor a dietitian.....however

having had a split finger-nail on the first finger (#2) of my right hand for several (~20) years, in frustration, started looking at diet. About a year ago, changed diet (SLIGHTLY.... more protein, skim ["mager" auf Deutsch] milk, cheese, and added multi-vitamins) and after about 6 months, the split disappeared. It took years for this to develop, and it was slow going away...

Some recent publications indicate that those over 55 y may have higher protein requirements than those younger.....it appeared on the net...it must be true. Check it out for yourself, talk to your physician and dietitian.

Again, I am neither a physician nor a dietitian.....and at over 80 years my current standard comment is "had I known I was going to live this long, i would have taken better care of myself.... and

take care of yourself.

Rudi