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IBZguitarist87
post Mar 18 2010, 04:46 AM
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Hey everybody. I'm having some problems with my left forearm, and I believe it is from excess playing of guitar. I have been playing a lot more than usual for the past few weeks, and during my practice the top of my forearm on the fret hand will numb up, and afterwards may feel stiff. I do stretch and warm up always before I play. I am left handed, but I play right handed guitars. This worries me because my dad has always had trouble with these same problems from typing. I really don't want it to develop into something serious like tendinitis or carpel tunnel. Has anyone else had these problems, and if so how did you fix it?

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post Mar 18 2010, 04:58 AM
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One of my good buddy is a lefty that plays on the right.... The guy is a great shredder he always told me that when he was practicing he really focus on putting the less tension possible on his left arm...

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post Mar 18 2010, 09:27 AM
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Hello IBZGuitarist,

what you are describing is very common, and it is something I hear all the time from guitar players at the beginning of their journey.

I used to experience a similair problem with my left forearm / hand, and I managed to get around it by a much longer and slower warmup!

By warm up I mean any exercise or perhaps improvisation that is easy on you, but also fun to play wink.gif

It is also worth considering that while yes it is important to practice hard, you really can over do it, and this could be another reason you are experiencing problems.

While you are experiencing pain or discomfort, I would ease up on your practice routine. When the time is right (e.g. when you feel physically good) you can increase the amount of time your spending.

Deep down inside you must know if your pushing your luck, so listen to your body and adapt your routine as appropriate! cool.gif


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post Mar 21 2010, 07:29 PM
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Make sure you warm up and massage your forearm from time to time, like between songs. Playin guitar is a constant muscular movement inflicted in the arms that is not so natural, so you kind of have to counteract this by massaging and starting gradually.


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post Mar 21 2010, 08:31 PM
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I took a break for a while and it has started to go away. I also started using the mouse with my right hand and less typing.
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post Mar 22 2010, 08:11 PM
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It's a sign of warning for you IMO. Try to practice with more attention to rests, and massage the problematic areas occasionally between practices. Don't put up a marathon of 3 hours without properly warming up, and taking regular breaks every half an hour, you risk serious injury that way.


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post Mar 24 2010, 08:10 PM
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You should pay attention to it and take it easy. Warm up well before playing. Make regular rests on each 30-45 minutes of playing and drink water. If you feel any pain stop. Also try experimenting with your hand positioning, possibly you are playing in an uncomfortable position. You don't want to make sharp angles with your fretting hands wrist while playing.


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post Mar 27 2010, 02:40 PM
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You mentioned that you only recently started to play for long periods of time. That's it. You're in adapting phase, that will pass, I am talking from experience. Once you establish some kind of a routine, you'll adapt. Keep doing those stretches, that is good idea.


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