#1
Hey, I've been practicing a lot lately since college is on break and I've recently been doing a lot of 3NPS patterns to help my legato and picking accuracy.

My problem is that whenever I make the stretch required for 3NPS stuff, I have to sort of arch my hand and bend my wrist so it's at maybe a 75 degree angle with my forearm. I know this is bad posture because honestly it doesn't feel right. However, I can't seem to make the 3NPS stretch without contorting myself this way.

Is there a better way I can do this? Something I've overlooked?
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#2
How high is your guitar? You might just have it too low for that kind of playing.
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Can you post a picture of your hand; that would make it much easier to see what you mean.
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yeah I'd like to see how you normally hold the neck, that could help me to give you a good answer.
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#7
your wrist wasn't completely straight in the first pic (it should be, or very close) try lengthening your guitar strap a bit, and maybe holding the neck a little further out from your body.
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Lengthening my strap makes it worse and holding the neck farther away doesn't really change anything.

The more I think about it, the more I don't see how its possible to keep my your wrist straight when doing any sort of stretch at all. The "baseball bat" grip keeps my wrist straight nicely, but I can't really stretch that way.

Are there pictures out there where I could look at proper left-hand posture?
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Your second picture looks fine to me, I play those the same way, but its comfortable for me.

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Lengthening my strap makes it worse and holding the neck farther away doesn't really change anything.

The more I think about it, the more I don't see how its possible to keep my your wrist straight when doing any sort of stretch at all. The "baseball bat" grip keeps my wrist straight nicely, but I can't really stretch that way.

Are there pictures out there where I could look at proper left-hand posture?


It doesn't have to be perferctly straight, but it shouldn't be at a 90 degree angle either, how are you positioning your fingers, your fingertips should be perpendicular to the strings you are fretting and your palm should be face up towards the treble side of the neck, it should not be facing your body, and if you do have to angle your palm up you should move your elbow down to compensate, or you can angle the guitar neck up.
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It doesn't have to be perferctly straight, but it shouldn't be at a 90 degree angle either, how are you positioning your fingers, your fingertips should be perpendicular to the strings you are fretting and your palm should be face up towards the treble side of the neck, it should not be facing your body, and if you do have to angle your palm up you should move your elbow down to compensate, or you can angle the guitar neck up.

I tried these things and the best I can seem to do is move the guitar neck to be very vertical. Even then my wrist is still bent at like, 60 degrees.

Does anyone have a picture of what their hand looks like for this?
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#12
i don't have a pic, but when doing a 5 fret (4-9) stretch on the low E my neck is at a 60 degree angle (normally it's at about 45-50 degrees) with my wrist bent about 15 degrees.
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Does your palm touch the treble side of the neck?


yeah, but that's unavoidable unless you use a really short radius neck or have super long fingers. Rubbing your palm against the neck of the guitar won't cause tendonitis, constantly overbending your wrist will.
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#15
Pressing my palm against the neck like that works a bit, but my wrist still ends up being bent at about 45 degrees. It's kind of a semi-baseball bat grip now.

Did you find that as you could stretch more the angle of your wrist decreased?
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#16
no not really, but playing with your wrist as straight as possible is a hell of lot more comfortable.
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#17
I agree, but it's hells of hard to make any stretch for me if my wrist isn't at least at 45 degree angle. God damn this sucks ass.

Does anyone else have any advice? I'm wicked stumped at this point and don't want carpal tunnel...
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