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  • N-lightMike

    February 10, 2023 at 12:05 am

    hey @maryd ;

    Yeah, if you follow all the advice already given you’ll probably be ok. But I wanted to say one thing. It’s already been said in a couple of different ways: different position with your elbow, listen to your body, don’t play through pain, etc.

    The one I wanted to add was do your best to keep your wrist in a neutral position. This may be why adjusting your elbow helped. Many times we have our wrist bent at too sharp an angle and at the same time using a lot of finger strength. That will result in pain and injury in a surprisingly short period.

    Body position, guitar position, elbow, shoulder, all these and more can affect the attitude of your wrist. Adjust all those things until you have your wrist as straight as possible.

    Then practice using as light pressure as possible to get a clean sound. Make sure you don’t employ the “death grip”. If you are getting tired hands and/or forearms, go for short periods of time, giving yourself numerous breaks to relax those muscles.

    It will get better. But don’t, as @Loraine said, don’t push through pain. That will really set your guitar progress back.

    MG 😀