#1
I've had problems in the past with tendinitis and had to pretty well relearn how to play to prevent further issues. It's been at least a year since I've had any trouble, but now I'm starting to get in to 8 finger tapping (scale the summit style). So far I'm finding it requires a lot more force to get notes to sound, especially on the higher strings, and it's causing a little soreness in my wrists, and I don't want that to become tendinitis.

Have any of you found that a different string gauge, or tuning down a little, changing your action, or changing something else set up related to make tapping a little easier? Am I missing something with the actually technique? Do I just need to practice sparingly until I build up some more hand strength.

Also I have no problems at all with regular legato, or more Van Halen style tapping.
#2
If you are just starting out with 8 finger tapping it is most likely a matter of getting used to it. When i was beginning to learn 8 finger tapping my wrists would get a little sore after a while. So what i did was practice slow and concentrated and if i felt my wrists getting sore i stopped.

Then the next practice session i could do it for a little longer, then a litte longer etc. Your hands not used to it. It will come over time. Just know if you are getting sore/ it hurts. Stop.
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#3
Just make sure that the tapping motion is coming from your fingers, not from your wrist. That was a bit of a problem for me when I started playing around with multi-finger tapping.
#6
Question to people who already got a hang of 8 finger tapping:

pull offs or pure hammer ons (holdsworth style)

To clarify - thats when descending, lets say:

13-16-17-16-13


Bolded notes - pull offs or keep hammering?


Just getting into it, want to make right choises now because re-learning something is a bitch
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#7
^ Holdsy actually doesn't use 100% hammers - it's near-impossible to keep dynamics consistent when using the weaker two fingers.

So, learn it with pulloffs first and then introduce hammer-only if you wish.
#8
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^ Holdsy actually doesn't use 100% hammers - it's near-impossible to keep dynamics consistent when using the weaker two fingers.

So, learn it with pulloffs first and then introduce hammer-only if you wish.



Willl do, thanks
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#10
If changing technique doesn't alleviate the pain, see a doctor. It really could be a simple fix. I had some pain in my right wrist a few years ago, some sort of tendonitis, and a shot was all it took. No problems since then.
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