#1
so i cramped up in the muscles near my elbow too much again and am now icing and taking advil for my picking hand. this must be the 7th injury in the past year ... but each time i get better at avoiding it and playing with less tension... anyone have any advice for avoiding injury?

do the pros experience the same thing that i do?

how to i get to the position where i can play 8 hours a day of shred without feeling any pain?

is doing speed excersizes everyday too much? should i treat it like a weight lifting program and do it once or twice a week?

any advice would be cool
#2
work on your technique more, and focus on grip strength and stuff like that... you shouldn't be tensing up like that in your elbow.. it's all wrists
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#4
Not to sound like a dick or anything, but why do you want to shred for 8 hours?
Don't you think that's a bit much?
You're never going to play an 8 hour show.
Don't forget to take breaks while practicing--don't try to go for hours without breaks; that's how you hurt yourself.
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#5
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work on your technique more, and focus on grip strength and stuff like that... you shouldn't be tensing up like that in your elbow.. it's all wrists

o_O I don't hurt myself, but trying to tremolo pick (faster than 195bpm in my case) with only my wrists hurts o_o I have to use my elbow
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#6
Are you warming up/cooling down correctly? If you don't do both properly (I do about 10 minutes for each, starting from 1/4 speed), you'll end up with a lactic acid buildup which leads to cramps. Playing with less tension helps avoid cramping, but if you're pushing yourself you need to warm up/cool down properly so you can avoid lactic acid staying put in your muscles and causing you problems.