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So playing hours on end can really hurt your wrist... Cramping, strains, complete inability to hold your hand around the neck. I've been trying to do some stretches and stuff before I play or if my hand starts to hurt I'll stretch out my fretting hand some and hope the pain goes away.

Anyone have any stretches or exercises or anything that allows you to play for longer periods of time without having your wrist feel like it's going to fall off?

The only thing I do, if anyone has similar problems, is stretch my wrist in a vertical line up and down as far as I can.
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I know how you feel. I just switched to .11's, and they're tearing the **** outta my fingers.

Just take a break every half hour or so. Don't keep playing, or you could hurt yourself in a way that'll keep you from playing ever again. It's not worth it.
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What you are describing is typical for someone who plays standing up with the guitar hung low. If that really is the case, just hang it a bit higher and it'll be better.
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(X) Stay on top but remain from the underground
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(X) Stay on top but remain from the underground
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I know how you feel. I just switched to .11's, and they're tearing the **** outta my fingers.

Just take a break every half hour or so. Don't keep playing, or you could hurt yourself in a way that'll keep you from playing ever again. It's not worth it.



Man, I could play on 11s all day long. Just keep at it and they'll become easy before you know it.
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Really the best way to build guitar specific muscles is to play the guitar.
Over a period of time you'll see your endurance build and you'll be able to play faster sections longer without feeling like your hand is about to fall off.

I've never heard of guitar playing related injuries but I'm sure there are some so take a couple breaks every once in a while to give your muscles a break.
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Man, I could play on 11s all day long. Just keep at it and they'll become easy before you know it.


Yeah, definitely, I love the tone. Just makes bends close to the nut a bitch.
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arent his lyrics just complete and total dog wank

So what?


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Really the best way to build guitar specific muscles is to play the guitar.
Over a period of time you'll see your endurance build and you'll be able to play faster sections longer without feeling like your hand is about to fall off.

I've never heard of guitar playing related injuries but I'm sure there are some so take a couple breaks every once in a while to give your muscles a break.


It's not so much of an issue of endurance, but certain chords (like barred major 7's, and others I can't think of in class) when I play repeatedly my wrist just feels like I've been suffering from arthritus for years, and can't even grip the neck in that way. I've been playing now for about 8 years and I wonder if it's just catching up to me and I'm screwed...but I really hope not. I've been looking for like preventive sretches so I can still be shredding 30 years later.
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So what?


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Niggas in the rap game
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you an X to the Z fan?
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Not what I'm looking for here...
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Ok, hold the phone(bad 90's expression), what you need to do is practice playing with reduced tension. Get a metronome and play what you want to play very slowly and with as little effort as possible. Dont think you can "work through it". Learn to play with ease, just look at Marty Friedman or any of the "shreders" they make it look easy because they practiced it that way.
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"played until my fingers bled"

Anyways... You'll probably get used to it.

EDIT: Awesome first reply! HAHA!

And also... TS... Aren't you the guy who wet his bed?
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you an X to the Z fan?

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Ok, hold the phone(bad 90's expression), what you need to do is practice playing with reduced tension. Get a metronome and play what you want to play very slowly and with as little effort as possible. Dont think you can "work through it". Learn to play with ease, just look at Marty Friedman or any of the "shreders" they make it look easy because they practiced it that way.


Solid... I've never looked at that way, I'm going to try that as soon as I get home. Thanks for the good idea.
...is that the primary ingredient is something called "olean" which I have since learned is Latin for "Unwashable & Indestructible Ass Grease."
#21
If your wrist is hurting it's a good sign that your strap is too low. A comfortable height for me is having the body of the guitar around the groin area. Too high just feels weird, and too low is uncomfortable.
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Thank you metal4ever6328, this released tension idea is working wonders. I feel pretty dumb for never really forcing myself to playing with a more relaxed hand, but it's helping tremendously.

Anyone else who has a similar problem, give it a try. And thanks again.
...is that the primary ingredient is something called "olean" which I have since learned is Latin for "Unwashable & Indestructible Ass Grease."