#1
It seems like common knowledge that playing with a bent wrist tends to lead to carpal tunnel problems and whatever, but when playing music with a lot of barre chords, then literally the only way to do it is with wrists being bent(unless you have gorilla fingers), otherwise the fingers just cant barre the neck with its whole width... AND the person also has to have quite a lot of tension or else all the strings will not be fretted down by the barre finger.

This seems like a big problem.. if a guy wants to play barre's a lot, he has to live with future wrist problems?
#2
if a guy wants to play barre's a lot, he has to live with future wrist problems?


If a guy wants to play with barre's a lot, he needs to raise his guitar.
How low is you guitar? If it hangs below your stomach, you need to raise it.
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#4
As for the wrist, it depends on where you hold the guitar, so tighten up the guitar strap some and position the strap so that you can hold the neck at 10 'o clock from your perspective. Your fret hand arm should be somewhat upright and wrist will be straight.

When playing a Barre chord, you should let your grip of the neck between thumb and fingers (especially your pointer) do all the work. You may flex your wrist too much to compensate when changing chords or sliding. The more that you play, the stronger that your hand will get. To develop more strength while not playing, I'd suggest using one of those stress ball things that you can squeeze with different fingers. Some Guitar companies also have handheld devices that allow hand muscles and each finger to be exercised individually, like these:

http://accessories.musiciansfriend.com/product/Gripmaster-Exercise-Tool?sku=429070
http://accessories.musiciansfriend.com/product/Finger-Fitness-Power-Web-Jr.-Hand-Exerciser?sku=429074
Last edited by jjhand at Mar 23, 2009,
#6
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If a guy wants to play with barre's a lot, he needs to raise his guitar.
How low is you guitar? If it hangs below your stomach, you need to raise it.

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#7
The problem is that even when playing in the seated classical position(guitar between legs) or standing up with the strap in the shortest position(ie guitar in the nerdy position), the index finger isnt long enough to be able to fret all the strings without helping it by bending the wrist

when playing simple chords or single notes, the wrist position can be compensated by bringing the thumb closer to the edge of the fretboard(ie similar like the baseball bat grip) which makes the wrist straight, but this isnt posssible with barre chords as decreases the pressure against the b and high e strings thus muting them
Last edited by 1337void at Mar 23, 2009,
#8
Quote by Archeo Avis
If a guy wants to play with barre's a lot, he needs to raise his guitar.
How low is you guitar? If it hangs below your stomach, you need to raise it.

yes. also, i think the idea is to be as straight as possible. but obviously its not going to be perfect all the time.