Relief for Shoulder and Neck Pains...

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Michael
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Relief for Shoulder and Neck Pains...

Post by Michael » Sun Mar 08, 2009 6:44 pm

I shall tell you what I did today. I have been suffering a bit of fatigue in the neck and shoulders and have been wondering about a short scale guitar.
So I tried this trick out. :reflechir:

I lowered the tuning on my guitar viz. DGCFAD and put a capo on the second fret. This effectively shortened the playing scale.

I have to say that I felt more relaxed and stretching was more comfortable. I also moved my solitary white dot from the 7th to the 9th fret to keep the 'feel' the same.
The only problem is playing stuff that goes beyond the 12th fret, but I don't have too many of those pieces. :wink:

I recommend anyone who is suffering neck and shoulder pains, particularly the left, when fretting with left hand of course, to try this out and see if some relief is experienced.
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Re: Relief for Shoulder and Neck Pains...

Post by Vesuvio » Sun Mar 08, 2009 7:38 pm

Hello Michael,

WHat an interesting suggestion! I am sure there will be others who might like to follow that up,

All the best, V :)
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Re: Relief for Shoulder and Neck Pains...

Post by Erik Zurcher » Sun Mar 08, 2009 10:35 pm

Hello Michael,
Shouldn't you address you shoulder and neck pains first? Your solution may work for a while, but I suggest to see a physiotherapist to address the underlying problem.
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Erik
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Re: Relief for Shoulder and Neck Pains...

Post by Michael » Mon Mar 09, 2009 7:01 am

Hi Erik, I know what causes my neck and shoulders pains. Basically it is just fatigue from driving a lot and is quite temporary.
Also my left arm often feels tired quite quickly when I am playing guitar and I am not a big person. I feel a little overstretched and uncomfortable at times, especially when I am tired. That is usually the only time I have to play, unfortunately. I would like to point out that I am not stressed and stiff when I play, just tired.

I tried the above because I play Milan's Pavanne 2 using a capo on the second fret with the guitar tuned normally, as I prefer it in that key. That position felt really comfortable to me and relieved my fatigue somewhat.

The idea I had was really for people who may feel that they would benefit from having a shorter scale guitar and wanted to have a feeling for what playing one would be like. I certainly want to explore that avenue.

I do stress, however, that anyone having chronic neck and shoulder pains should refer themselves to a specialist in the first instance.
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