#1
Sorry if this is in the wrong forum.

right, i was practising earlier, and while i was running through my scales, i started getting a niggling little pain in my left elbow(fretting hand)..and i was wondering - is this coused by how i was sitting when practising, or because i'd been practising for too long?


also, is it something which, if i keep going, will damage my playing?


oh, and also, is playing guitar with cold hands a bad thing?
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#2
Quote by beatlemaniac-93
Sorry if this is in the wrong forum.

right, i was practising earlier, and while i was running through my scales, i started getting a niggling little pain in my left elbow(fretting hand)..and i was wondering - is this coused by how i was sitting when practising, or because i'd been practising for too long?


also, is it something which, if i keep going, will damage my playing?


oh, and also, is playing guitar with cold hands a bad thing?



Does this happen often? If its recurring definitely stop for a bit, and possibly see a doctor. It could be tendonitis. Hopefully I'm wrong, and I don't mean to scare you as it may not be that at all. If it is though, its nothing to mess around with. If its any kind of RSI, yes continuing to play through it will make it worse.

Playing with cold stiff hands can contribute to this. Starting slow and warming up is a good idea.
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#3
What GuitarMunky said. Also, check out the muscles in your neck and upper back (around the shoulder blades). Watch that these arent too tight, and massage them often. If these are too tight, it causes all kinds of problems with your fretting arm/hand/wrist.
#4
Causes in order of likelihood -

Tension in hand - fretting/defretting too hard/too high, general grip, tight shoulders...
Bad posture
Practicing without warming up
Practicing for too long.

These may all be interlinked as well, but the solutions to the first two are in the links in my sig.
#5
Quote by Freepower
Causes in order of likelihood -

Tension in hand - fretting/defretting too hard/too high, general grip, tight shoulders...
Bad posture
Practicing without warming up
Practicing for too long.

These may all be interlinked as well, but the solutions to the first two are in the links in my sig.


sounds spot on to me, i think its a bit quick to jump the gun and start talking bout tenden problems
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#7
Quote by greenday2003
sounds spot on to me, i think its a bit quick to jump the gun and start talking bout tenden problems


someone's complaining about pain when they play. I don't think its a bit quick. Awareness is the 1st step towards prevention, or healing if it is the case.
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#8
Quote by GuitarMunky
someone's complaining about pain when they play. I don't think its a bit quick. Awareness is the 1st step towards prevention, or healing if it is the case.


ok yes that makes good sense, Wasnt thinking like that, I know you said you didnt wanna scare him/her but if someone told me i could have tendon problems at my age, or by practicing guitar, (i know they can hit at any age, still) id prob have a panic attack, and be really depressed about not being able to play, Just thinking while writing, it would be better to know if damage is done, so how to repair and continue playing in the long term, i learned some new knowledge today, spot on, cheers lads
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#9
thanks guys, it's not been so bad lately - i reckon it was just the way i was sitting - if i get the same thing this week, i'll tell dad and get up to the doc

cheers
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