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  • “Spraining” Back of Wrist

    Posted by musicrme on June 5, 2024 at 10:20 pm

    I am new to TAC and discovering I am unable to reach the frets in the introductory exercises. I am pausing the video to study the wrist position along with thumb placement, that has helped, but in order to play these, the only way I seem to be able to make it work (without lifting my fingers off the frets while playing) is to deeply hyper-extend my wrist to allow my fingers to reach. The result is I am playing the correct frets, the strings sound great, but it feels sprained in the back of my wrist all the way up to the elbow. Clearly, there has to be another way. If I lean my hand to the side, I can’t reach the frets any better, but it does create more flexibility so I can “hop” between frets leaving the resonance of the open strings as I do this, which sounds okay and is not hurting me. That is the only work around I have been able to find. Any tips? Thanks!

    musicrme replied 4 days, 12 hours ago 4 Members · 5 Replies
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  • Mrfredsporty

    June 6, 2024 at 5:09 am

    Even though it may seem strange, the very fact that you are showing up daily will in itself start to help wrist position.also, I’m a huge fan of YouTube. You will see many tips on wrist/hand positions there. The car may not be running on all cylinders but it’s going down the road

  • Guitargeezer-Jack

    June 6, 2024 at 6:18 am

    @musicrmemsn-com Had the same problem when I started playing guitar three years ago. What helped me the most was (and still is) utilizing the exercises within Tony’s Skill Course “Daily Stretch for Guitar”. I have a long-term left wrist injury that restricts range of motion. Doing the exercises routinely has enabled me to gain the flexibility for playing without discomfort.

    Take it slow at first by having several short practice sessions (10-15 minutes) instead of a prolonged session each day. That also helps to build up fingertip calluses too. However, with anything else worth pursuing, “no pain, no gain” but be smart about it. The most important thing Tony emphasizes is to play your guitar CONSISTENTLY.

  • musicrme

    June 6, 2024 at 1:17 pm

    Thank you so much! This is day two, so I am going to track down those
    stretches! Thanks for the encouragement from both of you. I will be wise
    about it, practice in short spurts, and check supplemental instruction
    to help figure out hand position (if it’s possible). Great advise!

  • Loraine

    June 8, 2024 at 10:35 am

    @musicrmemsn-com What you’re outlining can be concerning. Have you taken the stretching course yet. If not, I highly recommend it (look in Skills area). I overextended my fingers learning a song a few years back, and it caused tendon damage and I had tendinitis in the hand and elbow. That’s very serious. I was unable to play quitar for nearly 6 months while I went through accupuncture and eventually an injection by the orthopedic doctor. Once you have it, you’re prone to it. I feel it just from practicing sometimes, and I have to immediately stop and rest the arm.

    Stretching before and after playing is extremely important to avoid incjury.

    As you progress in playing, the stretches will become easier, as your fingers gain strength and flexibility. Do the best you can, but as soon as you feel pain, stop immediately and rest.

  • musicrme

    June 9, 2024 at 10:43 am

    Thank you! Yes, after reading other suggestions, I learned about the
    stretching TAC class and went right over to locate it to get started. I
    stopped playing for a several days to let my arm recover before
    proceeding. It was strange because I easily play full basic guitar
    chords and have never had this problem (C, G, E, A, D, F, the minors,
    etc., though I don’t bar – something I need to learn. I am also a piano
    teacher, which involves stretching fingers to reach extended chords on
    the keyboard. However, the wrist is positioned comfortably over the keys
    and not reaching from behind, like guitar). I don’t know what it is
    that is tripping me up while trying to gain these first TAC video
    skills, but I’d like to develop this ability. In the big picture, I
    decided to slow down, per recommendation, and located a You Tube
    instructor another TAC student mentioned that seems to lead her
    students, step by step, into these exercises. From there, I am slowly
    working into expanding my ability into what Tony is presenting. The
    stretches are helpful, I am having fewer problems, and I am only playing
    TAC’s first videos for about 5 minutes at a time, several times a day,
    rather than sitting down for longer sessions (as a musician who plays
    multiple instruments, it is easy to play a couple hours without a second
    thought, so this experience was kind of unexpected – not that I played
    the TAC exercises for that time. I was getting about 10 – 15 minutes
    before I had to stop). My biggest concern I learned from forum comments
    was that Tony’s videos will disappear in 30 days. If I am taking it
    slower, then that means I will potentially miss out on content, which
    makes me bummed. I wanted continued access to the current content for
    later, as I go through this slow-start process. But my health comes
    first. I guess it is what it is. I thank you for your concern, sharing
    your story, and passing on sage advice. I appreciate it. And thank you
    to the others who nudged me into discovering a different direction. It really helped.

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