#1
Hey all. First off let me start off by saying I'm brand smacking new at guitar. Picked it up a month ago and loving every bit of it. Getting fairly far along in playing all my favorite punk songs, but the physical part isn't quite there yet.

I've been feeling some pain in my left wrist, right below my thumb. I have a feeling it's because I'm playing incorrectly with my left hand. My teacher mentioned something about it and told me it's because perhaps I'm too stiff and my fingers aren't straight.

Here's a picture. Does this look unnatural? If so what do I do instead?

#2
Nah that looks alright. BUT! Whats probably happening is your thumb is exerting to much force against the back of your neck. (Your pushing to hard with your thumb) lol relax your thumb muscle and before you start playing do some finger stretches.
Last edited by mabbamam at Apr 20, 2014,
#3
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Nah that looks alright. BUT! Whats probably happening is your thumb is exerting to much force against the back of your neck. (Your pushing to hard with your thumb) lol relax your thumb muscle and before you start playing do some finger stretches.


Ah. Now that I recall, I think he said something along those lines. lol I don't even remember. Thanks a bunch dude. I started off with my thumb laying horizontally and he said to align it with my middle finger and ever since then i've been experiencing the pain
#4
your wrist does look a wee bit crooked/contorted there which might be putting a bit of strain on it.
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#5
I also suggest you stop masturbating with your left hand and use your right, that will surely help the pain.
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#6
I can't tell from the picture, but if you have your strap really long your wrist will be bent at a harder angle, so you could try shortening your strap a bit. Also watch your posture, I've had wrist problems from slouching too much before.
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I can't tell from the picture, but if you have your strap really long your wrist will be bent at a harder angle, so you could try shortening your strap a bit. Also watch your posture, I've had wrist problems from slouching too much before.


Yes, back pain is present too. I slouch a lot, but it seems like even when I don't I still feel it. Gah, I don't know, I'll try to sit up straight as much as possible.

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#8
Really your relaxation and muscle strength will build the more you play. Just keep jamming and relax as much as possible. Warm up exercises and stretches before are always good. And if you keep your wrist strapped up TOO much it will constrict your tendons and cause strain.
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Really your relaxation and muscle strength will build the more you play. Just keep jamming and relax as much as possible. Warm up exercises and stretches before are always good. And if you keep your wrist strapped up TOO much it will constrict your tendons and cause strain.

When you speak of "strapped up," are you talking about my wristbands? Cause that's what's in the pic lol
#10
Yes lol Im just saying watch out for over tightening wristbands. Small things like that can come into play when developing correct techniques when starting out.