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post Mar 12 2009, 10:15 AM
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I would recommend two things mate, first if you are not already doing so, get some lessons from a qualified tutor who will (If they are any good) advise you on correct posture and exercises for playing correctly, this is the first thing my tutor looked at before he would teach me anything!
Secondly I would consult a specialist such as an osteopath, if you have a recurring problem chances are it cannot be cured but with correct treatment and advice (Dependant on the severity of the condition) you can reduce the effects on your playing dramatically, I had problems with my neck muscles going into spasm for no reason and the doctors just gave me anti-inflammatory medication, I had 4-5 visits to an osteopath and the symptoms have all but gone, just bear in mind this is treatment and prevention, not a cure, and you would need to follow their advice and probably need to keep up a treatment programme.
I know it sucks mate but it depends how serious you take your playing, the worse thing you can do is nothing as I assure you it will get worse! The guys on here all mean well but this is a guitar forum not a medical site and you need to get the proper advice mate.
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post Mar 23 2009, 01:11 PM
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Just saw this post - I had some problems with tendonitis last fall and taking off 3 weeks helped a bit but as much as I liked. I ended up changing some of the limits I set for myself and the tendinitis just went away soon after.

What I found myself doing when trying to learn a lesson was to reach speeds I was not ready for. For instance, if some lesson was 100bpm, I could, without many problems, reach 70% or 70bpm but if I really concentrated, I could reach 85 bpm. The problem with the extra speed was that I was really tensing up especially in difficult spots. That is why I developed the tendinitis (well pretty sure anyways). So what I decided to do was to play as fast as I could while still staying relaxed and anytime I started tensing too much, I would drop the bpm by 5 or more. I have recently gone back to see how I do many of those lessons I was working on last fall and voila! I play them now much faster than I ever could relaxed!

Remember, patience is a virtue.

Hope that helps!
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post Mar 26 2009, 04:02 AM
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you are lucky you know what you have i'm almsot 3 month out of guitar and i'm don't start resting yet becouse lot of doctor giving me diferent opinion what i'm have and everybody recomendet me diferent expensive tests

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