Thought I'd pop in and say hi all, so hi all. I'm an adult learner thinking of taking up the flute (kinda again, I did play briefly in school). While new to flutes, I am not new to music, been playing guitar for about 20 years, and mandolin about 4. However, at the age of 48 I have started to develop a touch of arthritis, mostly in my left hand (a legacy, I suspect, of a misspent youth boxing and all that hitting the heavy bag) which is kinda an important hand for a player of fretted instruments, so it looks like I may have to give up the guitar.
As playing guitar etc was becoming painful I thought I'd give wind instruments a try, So in the new year I picked up a saxophone, which I am having a fair amount of success and fun with, but my 1st love is folk music, and the sax doesn't really fit in well with that, so I thought I'd try flute. However, because things are never easy, I also have a bad right shoulder and I was concerned that holding the flute would put undue strain and was wondering if this is the case, do flautists suffer from flute shoulder? Sadly, in a fit of uncharacteristic generosity, I gave away my old school flute, so I have nothing to try while I find out, and I don't really want to shell out money for something I may not be able to play.