#1
Well ive noticed that when im playing fast stuff, my arm tenses up and i was wondering if there are any suggestions on how to work on becoming more relaxed when i play
#2
I just pretend like i'm playing good, and i relax and do a little better than before.

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#3
You standing or sitting? If standing, is your guitar acting as a crotch shield or do you look like Tom Morello? Try switching it around.
#4
You may just not be used to it, in that case practise more often. Either that, or it's a psychological issue. So, just think positive and try and calm yourself down.
#5
im sitting, but its only on the fast runs, and my guitar is right where i like it standing, its not too low, but its not super high
#6
Slow it down a bit to where you can play relaxed. Gradually increase the speed, but stop everytime you start tensing up again.
#7
I know It sounds stupid and looks weird, but your muscles stiffen up because of lactic acid building up if you lift your arm up it helps to loosen it. I don't know if this is exactly the answer for guitar, but if you ever watch professional pianists, you will notice this and that's why they do it.
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#8
build up speed slowly. your too tense because your obviously not used to play fast. and you want to PLAY the guitar not work it.
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