#1
I play guitar anywhere from about 2-5 hours a day on average, sometimes I play less or more, but usually around 2-5. Recently I have been playing everyday, seeing as it is summer, and playing a lot. Since about late July, my right shoulder feels like it's burning. I don't know if any of you know what I mean, but the muscles burn. Is there any reason related to playing guitar that could have caused this, and is there a way to fix it?
#4
take a break, it seems like muscle exhaustion and overexertion...have you recently started playing standing up? if so, it maybe that your muscles still need to get used to the strain...that's why i set aside some of my practice time to get a few push-ups in; have to stay in shape to avoid problems such as this - if none of the above apply, then try a painkiller and see a doctor
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#5
dont play for a day and if the problem persists go get yourself checked
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take a break, it seems like muscle exhaustion and overexertion...have you recently started playing standing up? if so, it maybe that your muscles still need to get used to the strain...that's why i set aside some of my practice time to get a few push-ups in; have to stay in shape to avoid problems such as this - if none of the above apply, then try a painkiller and see a doctor


I never play for more than like 2 hours straight, and I'm in decent shape. I guess I should go see a doctor if it doesn't stop. Thanks guys.
#7
i have this feeling too when i havent played for some time and then play for ours. in my case it was just muscle ache cause i lift up my right shoulder while playing
#8
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Is there any reason related to playing guitar that could have caused this, and is there a way to fix it?


Yeah, a very good reason: You're raising your right shoulder when you pick.
That's from tension. It's actually common. I did it and still have to watch out
for it. Generally pain anywhere is a sign you're tensing up in that spot and you
can be totally unaware of it.

Anyway, that may not be your case, but check it out when you're playing.
#9
I don't think it was guitar playing, although, if oyur picking hand is the right, then maybe.. I injured my left shoulder, playing baseball, and when i did play (fingered chords wiht my left) my shoulder kind of hurt, especially when the chords forced you to spread your fingers far apart. The pain went away in 4-5 days, although it wasn't as painfull as it was originally after 3 days. I still did push-ups and all, and I don't think that worsened it cause I'm well now.
#10
I used to get dull aches and some wicked pains when I was first starting out (not saying you are new) because I would tense up. I worked on not being tense at all when I played, and now I am alot better because of it, plus pain free.
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#11
Masturbation is in the wrist and forearm, not the shoulder. Fix your technique and the pain shall leave... On a more serious note, you shouldn't feel any pain in your shoulder from picking...
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#12
how low is ur guitar, is ur posture good? are u learning new techniques?
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#13
Well, I don't really sure if this is true but i heard if you play standing up and position your guitar very low, over time it will injure your shoulders. I know this guy, he plays guitar for like 6-8 hrs a day for 2 yrs straight during university(he told me that) and he totally screwed up both of his shoulders.
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Yeah, a very good reason: You're raising your right shoulder when you pick.
That's from tension. It's actually common. I did it and still have to watch out
for it. Generally pain anywhere is a sign you're tensing up in that spot and you
can be totally unaware of it.

Anyway, that may not be your case, but check it out when you're playing.


Yah, thats probably exactly it. When I sit, I lift my right shoulder. I'll be careful of that, thanks

And when I stand, it's a little above my waist.. I know that doesn't look really cool, but I'd rahter play it right then look cool.
#15
Pain is the body's way of saying "stop! You're hurting me!" If it happens when you are playing guitar, it is either because of something you're doing with the guitar, or is at least exacurbated by the guitar. If you don't listen to what your body is telling you, then you risk doing irreparable damage. A friend of mine had the exact same thing, and it was related to tension in his right arm while playing. He had surgery for this tendonitis, and it allowed him to play for about 20 min at a time without pain. That's not what you want.

There is no harm in seeing a doctor. You might be glad you did. There are even doctors out there who specialize in musician-related perils such as tendonitis, hearing loss, etc. Seriously.... consider getting it checked out.

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#16
Quit guitar.

If it's your right shoulder (Assuming you're a righty) then you gotta learn not to pick like a moron. It's all in the wrist (CARPEL TUNNEL SYNDROME W0000000000T! YEAH!) not in the shoulder. Chillax, bitch.
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I think you're masterbating too much. You shouldnt expect to cum again after you just did like 2 minutes ago.
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#18
Take a few days or a week off. Put an icepack on your shoulder a couple of times a day for a few days. Advil helps too, try not to burn your stomach up.

If not better in two weeks, see a DOC.
#19
Take 2 Ibuprofen 200mg painkillers 4 times a day and rest it for about a week then get back to it.

Also check out John Petrucci's rock discipline video he shows some stretches you can do beforehand to ensure this won't happen again.