#1
Just wondering if anyone else has like.. shoulder-ache after playing guitar with a strap for a while...

I don't play guitar with my strap on too much, but as soon as I do, after about 10 minutes my shoulder starts to really ache on my left side, and then after about 20 minutes I really have to stop or give it a rest for a bit.

I'm worried that this might effect gigs and stuff, because I didn't used to have this and haven't played a gig since I've had this problem, which has been for a couple of months now.

Does anyone else have this or know how it can be helped?
#2
Yeah it happens to me.........especially during gigs.Dont wory about it,you probably wont notice it during a gig on account of masses of adrenaline......
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#3
Change the strap length, or maybe get a padded strap

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#4
You could try a wider strap with some padding on it?
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#5
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you answered your own question, its cause you dont do it much.

just play with a strap more often, you get used to it
#6
Shoulder does not bother me that much. I have broken my wrist (left Hand) 2 times. Sometimes when I am playing ,it gets really painful because of it.
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#7
um talk to a doc maybe a muscle problem?????? but as for gigs you can play sitting i dont think it would bug people that much, least i know i dont mind. its unique
just so i dont have to edit every post i make, let me clarify something I CANT TYPE WELL....thanks
#9
Get a wider strap, perhaps a padded one.
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you answered your own question, its cause you dont do it much.

just play with a strap more often, you get used to it


Which post did you read?

I said I'd done gigs in the past before I had the problem, which implies that I have played the guitar with a strap for long periods of time.

I also said that I needed to stop after 20 minutes, and this is because of the ache getting so bad that it ****ing hurts like hell, so I don't think that's the answer.

Cheers for the replies, and to the guy who said play sitting down, I would but I'm the singer as well so it wouldn't really work I don't think...

I might try and play piano live more though.. maybe that would give me the breaks between...
#12
Wider strap. Look at the heavy duty bass straps you can find around.

And practise with it more. My shoulder gets sore too fairly quickly, but soon I get used to it in a single ractise and stop caring.
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#13
I have a special strap for playing longer while standing, but it still hurts after 30 mins or so.
Anyways, while gigging I don't even notice the pain.
#14
I'm gonna say this seriously though icy hot can get rid of the pain, but I'd still check your strap length, and maybe get a new strap. If that doesn't work......active on, apply directly where it hurts
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I'm gonna say this seriously though icy hot can get rid of the pain, but I'd still check your strap length, and maybe get a new strap. If that doesn't work......active on, apply directly where it hurts



Yes, after you had a gig, or a long session of playing with your strap.
Icy hot DOES help against the pain.
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#16
Just play for 10 minutes or whatever until it hurts and take regular breaks. You will get used to it. Plus when you do a gig you will be so in the moment you won't even feel it hurting