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Chief Brody
post May 23 2008, 01:39 PM
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Hey all,

This past week i've been practicing like normal but now i'm going to take a break because i have a bit of an ache in my forearm which i'm pretty sure has been caused by the guitar playing. Funnily enough i have no problems with my wrist or fingers and i think the main problem is i have a bit too much tension in my forearm when i play, especially when i'm stretching my fingers (something i'm working on).

Obviously i wanna keep playing but i wanna make sure that when i get back after my self-imposed break that i'm utilising the correct positioning, posture etc so that i won't keep going in cycles.

I was just wondering what tips any of you more experienced fellows can give in this regard. I'd really appraciate it, and i'm sure whatever advice is given would help others too!

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Ivan Milenkovic
post May 23 2008, 02:47 PM
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Well generally you can do one thing that will help you analyze your posture better. Take a guitar and close you eyes. Play something slowly at first and then a little faster the same thing all the time focusing mainly on your posture and muscle tension. You will be able to localize problems like this very quickly and work on making them go away.

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post May 23 2008, 05:35 PM
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Forearm... You could possibly be building strength from something you have not played alot. I have never experienced it in my left arm (fretting hand), but when I first dove into the world of metal and PM fast and tremolo picking, my right arm (picking hand) would be sore after day of serious tremolo/PM practice.

I read somewhere: Dull pain means your muscles are getting stronger, sharp pain = bad = stop playing and rest

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