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post Jan 10 2008, 03:17 AM
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I know it is VERY bad to do, but sometimes when I'm playing fast tremelo picking riffs or even fast downstrokes, I will begin feeling a pain in my elbow. For some reason it only happens when I'm playing riffs, never soloing. Does any one have any suggestions on how to break habit, cause the last thing I want is to end up injured from playing the guitar in the wrong way.

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post Jan 10 2008, 03:46 AM
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QUOTE (SLASH91 @ Jan 9 2008, 08:17 PM) *
I know it is VERY bad to do, but sometimes when I'm playing fast tremelo picking riffs or even fast downstrokes, I will begin feeling a pain in my elbow. For some reason it only happens when I'm playing riffs, never soloing. Does any one have any suggestions on how to break habit, cause the last thing I want is to end up injured from playing the guitar in the wrong way.

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I used to do the same thing. smile.gif
But what i did was go back and learn it again then worked on it again with a metrenome to get back to where i was...
I tried to look for videos to better explain myself but i didn't find any.
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post Jan 10 2008, 03:50 AM
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Sounds like when you pick you are using too much of your arm muscles. Try to get the movement to your wrist and make the movement of your wrist very small, this also increases speed, but make sure you increase speed as your muscles adjust.

If this persists, be careful, this can lead to injury.
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post Jan 10 2008, 08:59 AM
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Also try not to tense up the picking arm when playing. It must be totally relaxed most of the time. Remember this while practicing.


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post Jan 10 2008, 10:02 AM
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QUOTE (Milenkovic Ivan @ Jan 10 2008, 07:59 AM) *
Also try not to tense up the picking arm when playing. It must be totally relaxed most of the time. Remember this while practicing.


+1 its very easy to tense up when playing fast rythmn, try and stay as relaxed as possible, you may need to work on the rythmn speed you are trying a little slower to build up your stamina, possible that if you are tensing up then its too fast for your "natural" rythmn motion at the moment.


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post Jan 11 2008, 12:46 AM
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Thanks for the suggestions guys. Will be sure to try them out. smile.gif


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post Jan 11 2008, 01:00 AM
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Seems like everynight I try to play faster than my ability at this point. sad.gif
It's hard for me to wait on the speed to come! Wish I could offer some advice here man!


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post Jan 11 2008, 01:05 AM
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QUOTE (skennington @ Jan 10 2008, 06:00 PM) *
Seems like everynight I try to play faster than my ability at this point. sad.gif
It's hard for me to wait on the speed to come! Wish I could offer some advice here man!


Yeah, it sucks; but don't worry. One day you'll just pick up your guitar and you'll have a jump in speed. Might happen every week or every several months, but it will happen smile.gif


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