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post Aug 21 2008, 03:52 PM
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Since joining GMC almost 2 months ago, my practice regime has increased considerably particularly in the last 2-3 weeks when I reorganized my computer study to accomodate the increased practice. My practice schedule increased from about 2-4 hours a week (and 4+ hour sessions on saturdays) to about 2-3 hour sessions daily.

Most of the sessions I have been working on have involved alternate picking exercises (like Trond's picking exercise) that have really helped out with my picking and timing. But last week, I noticed my right elbow (strumming arm) was getting tender (although I didn't notice it during my playing so I ignored it). It continued to get worse and finally I started feeling it while playing so I decided to shut down my playing for a week (there was no numbness in my hand and no effect I could detect in my playing) After 3-4 days, it hasn't got much better and its pretty stiff in the morning.

I am just wondering about how to go about treating this type of thing (like light stretching or something like that). I am wondering if others have had similar experiences with this problem and if they have any recommendations?

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post Aug 21 2008, 03:59 PM
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Well, I have no experience with such things, but be sure to rest your arm till the end of the week. If it still hasn't gone by that, maybe see a doctor and keep another week rest. Also, for guitarplaying puropose, you could practice legato.


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post Aug 21 2008, 04:19 PM
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Guitar wise, if you really still anxious to play you can do some Legato like Kaznie said or you can read up on your Musical Theory !


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post Aug 21 2008, 04:29 PM
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i think you should take a short break to rest your elbow. However long time that will take.

When you come back to your guitar, you should focus on your posture when you are practicing. Maybe you are sitting/standing "wrong", or maybe the guitar sits too high/low ect. making the elbow suffer from it.
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post Aug 21 2008, 04:40 PM
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Yeah, start with taking 2 or 3 more weeks of the guitar, if it's not good by then, try to find some professional help.


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post Aug 21 2008, 04:46 PM
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I would recommend that you stop playing for a day or two, and go see a doctor in that time. It will be very wise to do that - better safe than sorry!


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post Aug 21 2008, 04:48 PM
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Go see the doctor just in case it's something serious, and if not he will at least give you the best advice/treatment so you can recover as soon as possible.


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post Aug 21 2008, 05:05 PM
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QUOTE (TheOldOnes @ Aug 21 2008, 04:52 PM) *
My practice schedule increased from about 2-4 hours a week (and 4+ hour sessions on saturdays) to about 2-3 hour sessions daily.

That's your problem. sleep.gif

Gradually increase your practice time, which means you probably should play about half an hour daily for a longer period of time, and then slowly increase.
Slowly! huh.gif

Because your muscles grow a lot faster than your callouses.

It will take a year to get your callouses to catch up with your muscles.
And you can't feel when you need to rest because of callous strain.
Poke at them, and if you feel some pain, stop playing.

Slow and hard weight lifting has proven to heal and strengthen weak, stressed out callouses, so see a specialist who can help you tailor a workout.

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post Aug 21 2008, 05:26 PM
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Thanks everyone - Hopefully rest should do it but if it doesn't get much better, I may end up going to see a doctor.

I think Zion may be on to something - I almost always play guitar standing up but since joining GMC, I have been sitting most often while playing. I know of a few other bad habits that I am trying to get rid of - like trying to relax as I try exercises at higher speeds as I tend to really tense up - as well, I have been trying to smooth out my breathing although I am not sure what I am doing while playing.

Another question somewhat related - I just recently bought a new computer and have plans to buy a Line 6 PodXt or Pod 3 (is it worth getting a Pod 3 rather than an XT?) but more importantly I want to get a computer video camera so I can take a look at what I am doing when I play (and later for submitting videos for lesson) - I know people tend to use these things for live streaming but can you record videos with them?

Thanks again, everyone.
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post Aug 21 2008, 07:14 PM
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QUOTE (TheOldOnes @ Aug 21 2008, 06:26 PM) *
Another question somewhat related - I just recently bought a new computer and have plans to buy a Line 6 PodXt or Pod 3 (is it worth getting a Pod 3 rather than an XT?) but more importantly I want to get a computer video camera so I can take a look at what I am doing when I play (and later for submitting videos for lesson) - I know people tend to use these things for live streaming but can you record videos with them?

Thanks again, everyone.


Try lowering your practice time and relaxing..Also you may not be in a comfortable position when sitting down, experiment with that..Just don't over force yourself.

Regarding a computer web cam, yes you can record videos with them...I would suggest Logitech Quick Cam Pro 9000 - http://www.logitech.com/index.cfm/38/3056&cl=us,en - Its a really good web cam and will server your purpose..On the otherhand you can think about Mini DV camcorders as well.. wink.gif


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post Aug 24 2008, 10:25 AM
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this is another thread on the subject. It's from Kris' instructor board.

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

and Owens wiki on guitar and injury

https://www.guitarmasterclass.net/wiki/inde...itar_and_injury

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post Aug 25 2008, 01:50 AM
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Take two or three day off and put ice and ointment on your arm. Then if something stills going bad, check out a doctor. Remember, don't play through pain, stop when you feel pain!


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