#1
When I play my guitar standing up, my shoulder starts to get sore after about 10-15 minutes. Should this be happening. By the way, my guitar is an Epiphone Les Paul Special II
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#2
I'm curious myself. I get the same thing. Perhaps the strap or the way you hold it has an effect?
#3
Usually I find that shoulder pain is the result of too much tension while playing. I'm assuming its on the fretting side of your body? If so, you might think about keeping yourself consciously aware of how tense you get when you play. Also, cinch your strap up a little. If the guitar hangs too low, you'll have to contort your arm to fret notes. That = pain.

Let me know how it turns out.
#4
Heh, try an HOUR with a GIBSON LES PAUL !!! You'll wanna break your arm !!!
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#5
if its your right shoulder, it could be from using a bad strumming technique where you move your entire arm.
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i think you'll get used to the weight soon...did you just buy it?
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#9
^what, the strap or the guitar?
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#10
get a padded strap.
dont play with the guitar too low.
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#11
Les Paul's usually weigh a ton. That may be part of it. The kind of strap may be a part of it. Getting used to playing standing up with a strap may be a part of it. On the tension angle, you may be building up tension all the way to your shoulder by the way you use chords. If you keep your fingers down on the fretboard all the time you never release the tension in your body. If you mute your fingers when playing chords (let up without taking them off the strings and then press back down on the same chord), or bounce your fingers (take them all the way off the strings and then set them down on the same chord), it releases tension and gives your body a break every moment or so instead of constantly tensing your body to keep the fingers pressed down all the time. If you've already accounted for all this stuff, then you just gotta get used to it.
#12
^thanks
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#13
imagine playing a corvette, it kills my shoulder! you could raise the guitar, a padded strap like somebody already said or get a wider strap, a wider strap usually helps a lot, or you could combine all three
#14
get a new strap. The right strap takes allt he pain away, or you could just bear sit down like I used to.
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#16
Well it has been a week or so, and I must say that this advice helped. I don't feel any shoulder pain from the guitar or strap. I adjusted my strap so my guitar was higher and I fixed my problem with the tension in my arm. Thanks.
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#17
New straps are your friends. Either your strap isn't padded very well or at all or you are playing with too much tension.
#18
Yeah I usually get pain after practicing for hours and hours...but that's what I get....
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#19
Playing your guitar too low can also cause you to get arthritis in your fingers when you're older. So, y'know, all you punk rockers who wear you guitars round your ankles ... *tut tut.*