Serious problem! This matter may have come up before but I can´t seem to find it. The joints in my fingers (especially index and middle of left hand) ache more and more. This has been going on for some months and a week of rest doesn´t cure it. In my band, we practice once a week for 3-4 hours and we do about 4 gigs a month, about 2 hours. Pretty intense stuff too. The pain sets in earlier and earlier during the sessions. I thought I´d be building up my strength but it feels like the opposite. My technique is probably horrible, never had any serious lessons or anything, but how much could that have to do with it? Trying to use the "correct" left hand position (thumb to back of neck) only makes things even worse. Also, between rehearsing or gigging I basically never touch my instrument. I have been playing upright for 5 years but never as much as now, that we have finally had some success. A tour is coming up in October where we´ll do 17 gigs in two weeks and I have no idea how my poor fingers will be up to the task. Anybody had the same problems? What should I do???