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  • Carol-3M-Stillhand

    February 20, 2023 at 6:36 pm

    @CaryneAg I’ve had that same issue at times, with my fretting fingers. I think if you learn to play more relaxed it might help.

    Try really doing those warm up exercises for both hands, before you start your practice session. Also if you’ve heard of “The Spider Exercise”, that is a really good one to use on a daily basis for about 5 minutes either after or as part of your warm up. Do the exercise very slowly, multiple times. For one pass, experiment with lighter fretting pressure on every note. Practice decreasing the pressure until you hear the strings buzz and/or deaden. Then increase it just slightly to get your clean notes. You’ve just learned the minimal fretting pressure. Giving it any more, is just a waste of muscle capacity and contributes to higher tension as you play. Another variation of “Spider” is to try it without touching your fretting hand thumb to the back of the neck. This will also help take the tension out of your fretting hand. Any time you are struggling to play/practice anything, just throw a capo on the 3rd or 4th fret. The shorter frets and lower action that results will also help you to play more relaxed.

    Hope this makes sense to you and hope it helps!! C