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Old 10-20-2008, 07:43 AM   #41
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yeh i was thinking of buying the john petrucci book, ive heard that its really good. fairly expensive though. but really theres no price on being able to play again :

to warm up i usually just went straight into playing along with trivium songs..
probably not the best idea there i guess..
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Old 10-20-2008, 07:45 AM   #42
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Well, it can be fine if you're fairly loose and have good technique, but it can be terrible if you're tense. Still, always better to warm up (said the massive hypocrite )
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Old 10-20-2008, 07:51 AM   #43
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i get like an ache in my shoulder, and bicep, tricep area.. would that be from tensing up my picking hand?
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Old 10-20-2008, 07:53 AM   #44
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Yeah, that and bad posture'll do that. Do you vibrate your arm from the elbow to pick fast?

Try gradually increasing in speed - is there a point where you start using more arm and playing much faster?
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Old 10-20-2008, 08:01 AM   #45
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nah more from the wrist i think, but its not really a free movement.. fairly tensed..


Try gradually increasing in speed - is there a point where you start using more arm and playing much faster?

what do u mean? ^
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Old 10-20-2008, 08:49 AM   #46
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Well, it should be loose anyway. I just meant to try slowly increasing in speed and seeing if you start picking from the arm. A lot of people get their "speed picking" by simply tensing up their elbow so much that it vibrates, which is a terrible, terrible idea. Glad to see you don't.
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Old 10-20-2008, 10:04 AM   #47
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nah more from the wrist i think, but its not really a free movement.. fairly tensed..


Try gradually increasing in speed - is there a point where you start using more arm and playing much faster?

what do u mean? ^



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Tensing will do it everytime.
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Old 10-21-2008, 05:49 AM   #48
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well i went to the doctor today, and ive been given anti inflammatory tablets to take..
so the swelling should go down and stop hurting now..
i also showed the doctor a lump on my wrist which is fluid..

and that makes it worst coz there isnt enough room in my wrist..

i can get that drained out too if it doesnt go away with the tablets.. i think.


yea im gonna spend alot of time trying to get a better technique so i dont have this problem again.. by relaxing lol
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Old 10-28-2008, 07:17 AM   #49
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so does anyone have any recovery stories they would like to share or something?

give me some hope..
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Old 10-28-2008, 09:42 AM   #50
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Well, I had the start of some problems with both wrists, and now they're completely fine. It was a couple of months off guitar and then removing the tension from my playing that helped me.
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Old 10-29-2008, 06:13 AM   #51
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oh ok..
did u have to go to the doctor or anything?
take tablets at all?
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Old 10-29-2008, 09:55 AM   #52
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No, I stopped as soon as problems started, rested until they were gone, and corrected my playing once I started again. It didn't get to the stage where I needed a doctor because I had always heard "If it hurts, STOP!".
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Old 11-02-2008, 07:35 AM   #53
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oh ok..
well my wrists are starting to feel a bit better, not so painfull all the time now..
so hopefully ill be able to start playing again soon.

im thinking of going to physio again, just so i can try and get rid of this once and for all
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Old 11-02-2008, 10:04 AM   #54
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Try practising short and often and play with your wrist completely unanchored.

It took me months to get used to that but now I have I feel much more free on the guitar, though it's important to make sure your shoulders and neck are relaxed too (I find this hard as hell).
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Old 11-03-2008, 07:54 AM   #55
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yea ive already gone through the unanchoring thing, had to change my style completely

i had to go to the doctor today, because my anti inflammitry tablets were making me sick..
so now i just have strong pain killers..

but its definately getting better
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Old 11-12-2008, 10:49 PM   #56
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ok so i dont have to have painkillers very often anymore, only when my wrists really hurt..
so how do i know when to start playing again?

also, how can i make sure i dont get tendonitis again? by changing my technique? tension?

im thinking of getting the john petrucci rock disicpline book too.
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Old 11-13-2008, 09:54 AM   #57
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^ I waited until there was no pain at all doing anything.

To avoid it, warm up before you play - this means actually physically shaking out your arms until you can feel them tingle a bit. "Warm up exercises" are incredibly slow at warming you up.

Next thing is posture. Bad posture will screw anyone over. Covered in first link in my sig.

Ditto for tension.

Overall, take it slow, take it easy.
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Old 11-14-2008, 03:23 AM   #58
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ok cool, i decided im gonna wait 2 more weeks so that i can just be sure that its all good before i start playing again.

i will read those links later, i cant atm.. but yea thanks for the advice..

do u recommend the john petrucci rock discipline book?
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Old 11-14-2008, 11:04 AM   #59
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Well, not really tbh, it's 9/10 exercises and doesn't cover truly slow practice at all.

Exercises you can download or compose.

The part that would be good for you are the warm ups and stretches, but tbh, you can basically warm up by shaking your arms around and stretches are pretty simple as well...
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Old 11-14-2008, 11:23 AM   #60
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A suggestion for work, when I hurt my wrist in a car wreck, I wrapped my wrists with wrist-wraps I used to use for boxing... they're cotton so they don't really compress like an ace bandage does, but they give a lot of support to your wrists. I work with different machines, as well as desk work. My wrists take plenty of abuse.

Note: I'm not a doctor, and don't claim to be one. I could be completely wrong about this, but it did help me. You might call your doc and ask about it before you try.
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