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post Mar 3 2008, 12:01 AM
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hey, just wondering... my pinky finger hurts ONLY when im playing guitar.

its fine when im not playing and doing ordinary things but when it place it on the fretboard it hurts like hell and i cant use it when playing.

has anyone else had this problem?


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post Mar 3 2008, 02:00 AM
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how long does it hurts man? maybe you need some time off...


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post Mar 3 2008, 02:05 AM
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Where abouts in the finger is the pain? just the tip of your finger? or the whole finger??


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post Mar 3 2008, 09:29 AM
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My guess is that if it hurts while playing the guitar you got the injury from playing the guitar. So take a rest for a few days.


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post Mar 3 2008, 09:32 AM
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some things that helped stop my pinky hurting were: using less pressure on hte fretboard and doing slower, longer warmups
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post Mar 3 2008, 10:29 AM
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the pain is between my knuckele and the middle of my finger, its really odd :S


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post Mar 3 2008, 10:41 AM
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QUOTE (muntahunta @ Mar 3 2008, 09:29 AM) *
the pain is between my knuckele and the middle of my finger, its really odd :S


and you say the pain is only when you play the guitar? has it always been this way, what I mean is are you only just introducing your pinky into your playing? or is it something thats just started to happen.


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post Mar 3 2008, 10:54 AM
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And another thing- how are you practising? Stood up with high/low strap, sat down with guitar on right leg or with guitar on left leg in a classical position?
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post Mar 3 2008, 11:47 AM
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Hm... maybe you're too tense in your fingers unsure.gif



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QUOTE (muntahunta @ Mar 3 2008, 12:01 AM) *
hey, just wondering... my pinky finger hurts ONLY when im playing guitar.

its fine when im not playing and doing ordinary things but when it place it on the fretboard it hurts like hell and i cant use it when playing.

has anyone else had this problem?


Yes I have had exactly this symptom - and the fact that in only hurts when you are playing is (to me) proof that you got it while playing. Take this very seriously and read more here:

https://www.guitarmasterclass.net/guitar_fo...showtopic=10991


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post Mar 3 2008, 11:50 AM
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Can you tell us how long do you experience pain? Maybe you did some stretching exercises in the past few weeks ha ?


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post Mar 3 2008, 12:14 PM
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mine used to hurt. the joints. in fact, most of my fingers did at the joints. I use my pinky a lot, even bending, so it was the worst on my pinky. it was from overdoing it. it went away when I did what others here have said to do. I suggest also tuning down to e flat for awhile, and maybe going to 10-46 strings. I like heavier strings, but 11 is a bit tough on the pinky I think. I play about half the time in e flat and half the time with standard turning, just to not overtax my fingers. and I no longer have any problems. and probably nobody uses there pinky more than I do, at least nobody I have seen here. although I noticed David using his on his glam song at the top of the neck.

I suspect that after a time this becomes less of an issue for most people, as they get more strength to support the joints. I think a lot of us here try to learn so quickly, that we overdo it before our hands are srtong enough to handle the stress.

I might also suggest playing slower. I slowed down as I accepted that I would never be worth anything until I did. but I found that also that trying to play faster than you are ready for is tough on the joints.

edit: typo and added a bit.

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post Mar 3 2008, 12:19 PM
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it hurts only when i press down slightly.
it just started to happen, ive been playing like this for 3 years.

as for my position, i play standing up when im playing with my band or sitting down when practicing at home/playing acoustic stuff.


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post Mar 3 2008, 12:22 PM
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QUOTE (muntahunta @ Mar 3 2008, 05:19 AM) *
it hurts only when i press down slightly.
it just started to happen, ive been playing like this for 3 years.

as for my position, i play standing up when im playing with my band or sitting down when practicing at home/playing acoustic stuff.


regardless of what is causing it, you have to lighten up, in some fashion, at least for a time. you have no other sensible choice. I had a sore knee for 2 years from not learning that lesson (running). your body is trying to tell you something. it probably is not serious, but you could make it so.
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post Mar 3 2008, 03:16 PM
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This is what I like to do, take the guitar, sit straight and close your eyes. THen play some familiar tune. All the time try to play it slowly and don't worry about speed, just to play it propely but very slow. During that time of playing concentrate on your whole body's muscles. Feel if any muscels in the arm are being tensed. You can localize the problem very quickly that way.


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post Mar 3 2008, 03:30 PM
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I had a problem with pinky not so long ago.
I happened on gig...agnail...hurts like hell ohmy.gif .
Listen to advices above,sit straight,relax as much as possible
and play some easy random stuff.
Perhaps you were doing some nasty licks unprepared and
now pinky needs some time to recover. smile.gif


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QUOTE (Muris @ Mar 3 2008, 03:30 PM) *
Perhaps you were doing some nasty licks unprepared and
now pinky needs some time to recover. smile.gif


It is definitely connected to playing the guitar....if we only knew how..

Can you tell us what exercises did yuou practice recently, maybe we can shed some light on the subject.


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post Mar 4 2008, 10:54 AM
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recently i havnt been practicing as much.
but ive mainly been playing gigs and learning songs for the band


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I had the same problem when i was playing a chord, but that pain is dissapeared.. i think my muscles were a bit overstressed or something, it was a painfull pain.


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