#1
Okay, yesterday I posted about how my pinky was getting swollen. After a night of sleep, it's much less sensitive, altho it still is swollen, and I think I have a blister, but I don't think that will prevent me from playing.

A new problem tho... I now feel a pain in my palm when I fist my hand. It's like around in the middle of my palm, and it is obviously muscular, rather then an exterior ache. I feel when I do the action of fisting my hand. I can also feel it if I like move my pinky to the exterior and my index to the interior(kinda like a movement from playing guitar).

Now my question is, I heard a lot about tension and how you can injure yourself if you play with too much tension. I have no idea if that'd be the reason, but I admit that it's about the first time I decide to put so much time in a day on playing the same riff(high on the neck aswell). When I try playing with the pain, I can feel that playing more relaxed makes me feel it less, but would tension be the reason for the pain actually being there?

Another reason I find plausible is that my guitar doesn't have a "big" reach if I can say. What I mean by that, is that my guitar isn't too friendly when playing high. The body starts around the 20th fret. Now I have read about how I should just play and get used with it because in the end if I get used to it, I can play high just as good. Now that isn't so much of a problem, because after all, 17th fret isn't THAT high. The bolt part is where it's getting awkward(my neck isn't glued, it's bolted). Since the riff I am practicing basicly just plays between 14th and 17th fret, I have to play with my palm somewhat resting on the bolted part. How does that make sense? When I play lower on the neck, the pain is much less noticeable.

Finally, a last reason I found is simply because of my position. I play sitting down, and perhaps that there is a "mistake" in my positionning when playing so high(having my arm closer to my body), and perhaps even playing with the range between index and pinky much smaller(14th fret > index, 17th fret > pinky).

All this could just be the consequence of playing for about 5-6 hours in a day(my biggest guitar playing day ever), as I'm not used to playing so much in a typical day.

Now I'm sorry if all this looks newbie and stupid, as it's an issue often talked about. But really, I'm getting motivated into getting better, and losing 1 day of playing is something I would like to avoid. I do not want to get myself injured, seriously enough to compromise my practicing/playing. I'd like to know what would be the most plausible reason for that pain I feel in my fretting hand's palm. Playing through the pain is what I would do, but like I said, I wanna avoid getting any injuries(as little as it could be). Also if you have any tips, it would be greatly appreciated.
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#2
take a couple days off
Sweeping is for n00bs. I've moved on to vacuuming. Eventually I'll even try steam cleaning.


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#4
Yeah, I keep losing the skin on my fingertips.
I stopped practicing as much as I normally do and my fingers are normal again.
#5
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Yeah that's really what I was trying to avoid . To be honest, I restarted playing a few months ago, but as a casual player more. I finally decided to like kick my arse to do it and practice every single days for hours.

Yesterday was the first time I played in about 5 days(busy week), and I felt like I made a lot of progress yesterday(both perspective wise and technical wise). I feel like I have the motivation to keep going, but yeah now this happens so I'm unsure what to do. I already feel like it's better then it was last night before going to bed, but still don't wanna risk anything.

Edit: Yeah, finger tips hurt but that's something I can forget about, unless I've been playing for hours and can't take it anymore. I have never played guitar seriously enough. I bought an accoustic about 5 years ago. About 1 years later, I bought an electric and played for like 2 years, and got bored for like the next year, and finally decided to restart more motivated a few months ago. All the stuff I used to play I wasn't playing good and didn't give the effort needed into mastering my accuracy. I was playing for about an hour or two a day, with days off, casually jamming with my friend(we were playing...bad).

Anyways the point is I thought I had lost the protection thingy(I don't know the word in english ), the same thing you have under your feets. Anyways I realised it came back straight away after a day, so yeah I'm kinda fine on that side.
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Last edited by Spike6sic6 at May 15, 2008,
#6
I'm sure you're making leaps and bounds and it must feel really good. But the only way for your hands to get used to it is a gradual increase in playing. Taking a break will be well worth it. You can also try stretching and playing in short bursts to give yourself lots of rests.
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#7
Alright, thanks for the tips.
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#8
I've been playing the guitar for a long, long time.
To get beyound the threshold of the first year was a challenge becuase
no matter what learned..the muscle on my arm and hand wasn't develope.

Recently I had to take a year off becuase I damaged my fretboard hand.
My hand basically gose numb after 10-15 mins of playing.
I damaged it by sweeping or playing scales stupid fast without warming up.

It went numb after I started playing again, a couple of weeks ago.
I had to stop playing for a week or just do simple chords
It's doing better. I don't think I'm going to do alot of sweeping any time soon.
#9
also TS, make sure the strings are adjusted for height properly, they should be very close to the fret board and require almost no effort at all to fret. when i first got my acoustic (about a year ago, i'd been playing for about 11 years at the time) i couldn't play for more than 5 minutes straight and my hand hurt terribly. after a couple nights of this i realized it was because my strings were set ridiculously high.
#10
Funny... i was drunk playing all night last night... and zoned out. First time in almost 2 years, i woke up in the morning with an aching wrist. I never thought it'd be possible. It's gone now though.