Ron, thanks for following up with that. You're having specific, localized pain so be very careful. I'd suggest this: when you're playing the guitar and you sense any kind of pain - stop for a few minutes. When you come back to it, if the pain is still there - even if it's just a nagging hint of pain - stop for an hour. When you come back again to the guitar, if the pain is still there in any way, give the hands a day off. Study the music mentally instead for a day.RonC wrote: In response to the question: Can you describe your left hand problem in more detail?, the first pain was at the base of my left thumb. I think this is a result of my thumb being too low while barring. The second pain was a tendon in my palm. I am still pressing the strings too hard, I now have good incentive to stop. After three days of very little practice all is good now. I think I need a rest day once a week.
I say practice until you are on the verge of getting bored; but still excited. Leave yourself hungry for more. Also, you don't want any of the boredom induced problems to be worked into your routine.My advice; practice until you get bored.
The trebles side is okay at 3mm but 5 is really high for the bass. But more than just being high action it might feel a bit unbalanced (perhaps affecting the playability more than if it were an even .5mm high on both sides for example).PAN A575 wrote:RonC wrote:1st string is 3mm; 6th is 5mm; Length is 650mm
Does anyone else find that action high? Isn't it usually 4mm from top of the 12th fret to bottom of the strings on the basses?
Thanks again Ron. Details are so important. Your action is on the high side (though I know guitarists who like it even higher. Everyone's different!). The action height on my guitars is significantly lower. I often play 4 hrs per day but I think my left hand would be stressed to do that with the your guitar. Just to confirm: did you measure between the top of the 12th fret (rather than from the fingerboard surface) and the bottom of the string? If so, given your left hand problem, it would be smart to consider having the action adjusted lower.RonC wrote:In response to Lawlers question:
"BTW, what's your guitar's action height (measured in millimeters between the 12th fret and the first string, and between the 12th fret and the 6th string)? And string length?"
1st string is 3mm
6th is 5mm
Length is 650mm
Stop doing that, immediately if not sooner. Not only are you injuring yourself, you're never going to get any good on the instrument because you are playing it improperly.RonC wrote: ...I am still pressing the strings too hard...
I usually start to lose gusto around 1.5 hours, I could push and fill the full two but it's honestly just busy work at that point. The good days are the ones when I'm motivated enough to play for 1.5 hours twice.czar wrote:I say practice until you are on the verge of getting bored; but still excited. Leave yourself hungry for more. Also, you don't want any of the boredom induced problems to be worked into your routine.My advice; practice until you get bored.
How long this goes runs in cycles for me; 1.5 to 2 hrs usually, but with some extremes on either side.