#1
Soo I have been learning Neon by John Mayer which has you fret the low E string with your thumb.. after doing it for a couple of days, I get this minor numbness on my thumb that sticks around for a few hours, moreso if I keep playing.

Is this something I should be worried about or should I just play through it? It's really annoying because I just want to play, and it doesn't really bother me, but I don't want it to lead to bigger problems down the line if it is something to be concerned about.

Any insight would be appreciated
#2
If it only get numb when you play this particular piece... you're probably putting pressure on your thumb that is cutting off circulation. (That's purely speculation - I'm not a doctor)

Another cause of temporary numbness is lack of proper warm-up.

Get that blood flowing to your hands, and adjust your grip so it stays flowing.
You should never under any circumstance accept finger numbness as normal guitar playing.
#3
I can't seem to help it.. my hands are particularly small. It seems any song that I need to fret with my thumb on that steel string guitar will do it.

I typically play a classical hybrid, but for this song steel string sounds much better, but is a little tougher on my fingers. So then I should be worried? I don't know what else I can do :\
#4
Quote by Namzu
Med student here and I had the same problem a while ago. I went to see my doctor, and he said it's because i'm so skinny that a nerve got blocked. He prescribed me some Vit. B and it got better and it's almost gone. It can take a while (weeks-months) before it gets better tho.
If you feel anything in or near your wrist, go see a doctor immediately, as it might be carpal tunnel syndrome.
But don't hesitate to contact a doctor right now if you're worried, or if it gets worse.


Thanks for the tip. So did the doctor instruct you to take a break or were you still able to play while supplementing?