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post Feb 21 2008, 02:18 AM
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Hopfully I won't confuse anyone reading this too much?

Now that I'm getting into harder material I'm finding the following problems:

When playing say the major scale form 3 between the 5-7-9 fret I'm finding that I'm having a hard time reaching with my index, middle and ring fingers, I'm also having a hard time getting enough strength behind my fingers when I hammer down using my ring and little fingers and the same when pulling off. I also find that playing anything further down the neck (17th fret on) is tough to impossible for me. Seems like the further down the neck I go the harder it is for me to reach and play correctly what it is I'm trying to play. I have a short little finger(less than 3/4 the size of my ring finger)

I've also noticed that when I play my wrist is in the wrong position(bent) which causes my left hand to become fatigued faster and is holding me back from anything harder than what I'm doing now?

I've tried and tried but no matter what I do I just cannot get to where my wrist is even almost straight and feeling comfortable? In order for me to stand or sit normal with the guitar stapped over my shoulder I cannot comfortably do a run from low E to high E without having my wirst bent to reach the top strings? I've tried adjusting my guitar strap to make it shorter(helped for playing barre chords and some down the neck reaches, and longer helped keep my wrist straighter but not nearly straight enough.

I'm at a complete loss as to what to do next to try and solve my problem. Hopefully someone in here has heard of or had this problem before and has the soloution?

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post Feb 21 2008, 02:51 AM
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Well, judging by your gear it is nor the problem there. I think that you have too much expectations and a little practice time. So take it slowly, remember - everything is accomplish-able by practice! Maybe you hit a wall, in this case rest a little, and continue in a few days. The problem you have has happened to me countless times, but the only way to overcome it is with practice alone! smile.gif

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post Feb 21 2008, 03:44 AM
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I will say the same as Ivan smile.gif

Getting your hand to twist the way you want it takes time and alot of practice, but dont overdo it.
..and keep it really slow at first.
If you feel the fatigue coming, or even some pain, then take a break.

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