#1
When I play barre chords for a bit of time (when playing Black from Pearl Jam for example) my hand starts to hurt, it only happens when I play standing up... Any ideas?

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#3
I usually warm up before playing, I've seen that video already. I'm guessing it could be my guitar is hanging a little bit low? Maybe my hand position? :S

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#4
Which part of your hand? I remember my thumb used to hurt when playing barre chords (specifically Heart of Life by John Mayer) but it disappeared after a while...

If it's your thumb from gripping the neck, it's either that you haven't developed the strength yet to keep going at it, or your technique is wrong. How long has this been a problem?

If it's your thumb from the grip, there's a few things to do:

1. Try to play the barre chord as relaxed as you can to prevent strain
2. Raise your guitar - if it's really low it'll cause a lot more strain in your left hand. Don't raise it too high though, as depending on your right hand technique, that can cause shoulder issues.
3. If it hurts, stop. Do something else for a while (either stop playing barre chords or stop playing guitar for an hour or so).

When this happened to me, I iced every so often for a few days. Every time it started to hurt, I stopped playing barre chords for a while. After about a week, it stopped hurting and I could keep playing barre chords as much as I wanted.

I've had a few RSI related issues over the past year or 2, mostly related to typing, however I started using a powerball recently and that seems to have helped with my wrist and general grip strength (though overdoing it is as bad as overdoing anything).
Last edited by llBlackenedll at Nov 1, 2011,
#5
Great info there man, thank you. It's my thumb precisely. . I've been playing for 11 years or so and when I gig regularly this never happens to me, I guess my hand has to get used to it again since I've been out of stage for the last year... I do believe I have to raise my guitar a little bit and get a bit more strenght on my fretting hand.

Thanks again.

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