rabbittroopsux
Registered User
Join date: Aug 2008
958 IQ
#1
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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Geldin
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Join date: Sep 2008
1,677 IQ
#2
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.
whywefight
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Join date: Dec 2010
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#3
Quote by Geldin
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
W4RP1G
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Join date: May 2010
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#4
Quote by whywefight
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.
Geldin
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Join date: Sep 2008
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#5
Quote by W4RP1G
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.
whywefight
~I'm not fuckin around~
Join date: Dec 2010
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#6
Quote by W4RP1G
If I was a rock star, I'd have a waterproof electric guitar built so I could play while in a hot tub.


First thing that came to mind was Skwisgaar Skwiglef.
FenderBender72
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Join date: Sep 2012
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#7
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.

Freepower
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Join date: Feb 2004
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#8
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.