#1
I'm practicing the sort-of-crazy arpeggio/legato section of The Mystical Potato Head Groove Thing by Satch. I really can't practice it for more than 20 minutes without having to stop, because my wrists starts killing me. I'm assuming that I might be having my thumb in the wrong spot or something. I have my thumb behind the neck, but it really isn't perpendicular to the neck...It's just sort of behind there to give me better reach. I don't really know if that's the problem or not. Could someone point me toward the proper technique for handling this? Here's a link to the video:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ah-y6Xfk2Tg

Satch plays the arpeggios I'm talking about at about 30-ish seconds.
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Are you stretching before you play? Doing any warm ups?


I don't stretch, and I don't exactly have any set warm-ups. I might just play some easier Paul Gilbert exercises or a few songs to get my hands going.
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I'm practicing the sort-of-crazy arpeggio/legato section of The Mystical Potato Head Groove Thing by Satch. I really can't practice it for more than 20 minutes without having to stop, because my wrists starts killing me. I'm assuming that I might be having my thumb in the wrong spot or something. I have my thumb behind the neck, but it really isn't perpendicular to the neck...It's just sort of behind there to give me better reach. I don't really know if that's the problem or not. Could someone point me toward the proper technique for handling this? Here's a link to the video:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ah-y6Xfk2Tg

Satch plays the arpeggios I'm talking about at about 30-ish seconds.

hey man i used to do the same thing keep ur thumb perpendicular to the neck
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scales are good warm ups. not only are you prepping yourself, you may learn something.
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I don't stretch, and I don't exactly have any set warm-ups. I might just play some easier Paul Gilbert exercises or a few songs to get my hands going.


That's most likely why your wrist hurts. You're supposed to stretch before playing, so you don't sprain anything, or pull a muscle or something. That, and you're could be developing carpel tunnel.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bINkQUbA33o
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lets not go scaring the lad, carpel tunnel usually needs a few years worth of abuse to your wrist before that sets in

Just do warm ups before you play dude it helps no end and if you feel pain anywayy just lay off till the pain subsides then get back to it the most common source of wrist pain is people over stretching themselves
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are you sitting or standing? coz if your standing your guitar might be to low so your having to bend your wrist at more of an angle.
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see thats why my guitar is high then it becomes easy to play that. the lower your guitar is the harder it is to play.

i dont need to keep it perpendicular when i play that, probably stretching would help a lot (widen the distance between your fingers as a warm up)
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you need to stretch
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That's most likely why your wrist hurts. You're supposed to stretch before playing, so you don't sprain anything, or pull a muscle or something. That, and you're could be developing carpel tunnel.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bINkQUbA33o

Take it from someone who's had surgery for CTS in the past, you don't get Carpel Tunnel from playing guitar.

You're overexerting yourself. Sit down and stop playing guitar for awhile.
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I suggest you to spend like 15 minutes warming up if you're planning to play/practice technical stuff like satriani's song. The initial part of the Rock Discipline's video of John Petrucci, show you some very good warm up exercises.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LL-QD0kZqA8
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