#1
Hey, I've been experiencing hand and arm pain when I play guitar and even when I don't for about two years now. I've been tested for many things and even had a nerve test, and no dice so far. A doctor told me, a respected one, that it could be due to my technique.

Trying to play cleaner by doing things I normally didn't, I felt a lot more pain at that moment than usual. Could this be it and how do I stop it? I'm alright with my current play, would like to work on my picking and hand synchronization, but I feel my progress is coming to an end if I constantly have to work with the annoyance of pain.

It's a crossroads between playing Coldplay like stuff and Steve Vai really : /. If I can't progress any more like this I'm going to have to go style over substance... Wish it was more a choice than a restriction.
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#2
I used to get cramps/pain/aches whenever I didn't play standing up.
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#3
...Which hand and arm?

Jonny Greenwood had to wear a brace on his right arm because of his aggressive guitar-playing technique, and it's a fairly common thing. Don't know what doctor you went to.
#4
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...Which hand and arm?

Jonny Greenwood had to wear a brace on his right arm because of his aggressive guitar-playing technique, and it's a fairly common thing. Don't know what doctor you went to.


Well, both. And it's not a pattern or anything, and occasionally my pinky and ring finger go numb randomly. If there's pain in one arm then it could be there or might not be in the other. But I've taken month long guitar breaks and nothing got better, maybe even a little worse. The pain is random.

The standing up thing is an idea, i'll try to play like that more often and see if there's a difference.

Also, the doctor was considered one of the best in America for hands, Mr. Bay of Children's Hospital in Massachusetts.
"Don't panic, everything is falling neatly out of order"
- Douglas Adams
#5
If its a burn after a while then thats normal. Like the burn you get if you work out or go on a long run or whatever. Lactic acid build up in the muscles. Like the burn after a while of holding barre chords? Play through the pain and build up the muscles stamina.

If its a sharp PAIN however it's probably technique that seriously needs looking at.

Which hand/arm is it and where abouts?

Do you rest your arm on the guitar (picking hand) and ease all the tension in your arm and shoulder when you play on that hand side? (you should...unless its specialist like acoustic picking or whatever where you need the top to resonate).
#6
Have you been tested for Carpal Tunnel? Usually fingers going numb is a sign of Carpal Tunnel...
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Agile PS900 Blue Flame: SD Blackouts, TonePros TOM, Grover Locking Mini-Rotomatic Tuners.
Amps:
Peavey 5150 Head w/Bias Mod.
Peavey Bandit 112
#7
I've been tested for Carpal Tunnel, they put me in splints for 2 months believing it was my ulnar nerve. They found out it wasn't during the test, of course...

Like just playing some chords and noodling over a song makes pain shoot up my arms and makes my fingers on my left hand tingly... It seriously pisses me off that it happens because it's really weighing me down.

Think I should get a second opinion from another doctor?
"Don't panic, everything is falling neatly out of order"
- Douglas Adams
#8
Yes. Second opinions are infinitely useful.

Doctors often get stuck thinking on one track, when the problem could be on a totally different one.

(Not giving doctors **** obviously..my dads one and I just remember him telling me that happens a fair bit..)