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Old 11-01-2012, 10:45 PM   #1
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unused muscles in picking hand tensing up. advice?

lately my picking hand has been tensing up and has become distracting. i hold my pick between my thumb and index finger, pick fromthe wrist, and do not anchor. my wrist, index finger, and thumb remain loose and ready to use. but my other three fingers on the hand get tense from holding them still for so long. and that tenseness creeps up the back of my hand after a while.

my pinky remains straight and extended like a fancy man drinking tea. my middle finger gets in a claw position held back far enough so it doesnt hit the strings. my ring finger is also clawed up, but only about half as much.

anything i can do to avoid the tensing up?
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Old 11-01-2012, 10:56 PM   #2
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Some things that help me when I notice tension creeping in are arm massages and warm water baths. Especially in the winter, these things are actually major components of my practice time.
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Old 11-02-2012, 12:45 AM   #3
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Some things that help me when I notice tension creeping in are arm massages and warm water baths. Especially in the winter, these things are actually major components of my practice time.


That's actually a really good idea. I'm adding a hot tub to my do want list
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Old 11-02-2012, 01:38 AM   #4
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That's actually a really good idea. I'm adding a hot tub to my do want list

If I was a rock star, I'd have a waterproof electric guitar built so I could play while in a hot tub.
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If I was a rock star, I'd have a waterproof electric guitar built so I could play while in a hot tub.

Agreed. I'd be so relaxed and not even at all tense.
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Old 11-02-2012, 09:47 AM   #6
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First thing that came to mind was Skwisgaar Skwiglef.
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Old 11-02-2012, 12:01 PM   #7
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shake it out. literally. and stretch often. bend your fingers backwards, wrist forward, etc. get a stress ball to squeeze when you're not playing. but keep shaking out your hand when you are practicing. always stretch.
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Old 11-04-2012, 03:36 PM   #8
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Basically whatever tension is left is just habit. All the time you've spent with your hand tense has taught your hand this is how you want to play.

What you have to do is take things slowly enough that you can keep your hand relaxed then with practice you will relearn this habit correctly.
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