Catire wrote:...take a break every 20 minutes, or so...Also, how long do you practice? And how's your posture? ...
Dizzy wrote:... I use a guitar support, love it - check those out maybe.. do what Catire suggests
hey thanks to both of you
I'm new at forums so I hope I quoted you right.
Well now that I'm on my winter break I practice for 4 h average. About my posture I try to keep my spine as strait as possible. Dizzy, I tried the guitar support but it just doesn't feel the same. :S Yeah I'l try taking breaks it sound like a great idea.
Hi and welcome!
Both of these suggestions are very important. There are many different kinds of guitar support out there -- you may have to invest in several and try them until you find what works best for you. Some folks here even advocate playing standing up, with a strap. There are long threads about this on this forum. In addition to posture and breaks, and not practicing for too long at a stretch, it is also important to stretch and strengthen the muscles of your "core." As a veteran of lower back trouble that was caused at least in part by taking up CG, the two things that have helped me are abandoning the footstool (in my case, the dynarette is the best option), and doing regular exercises that target the core. Also -- get a kitchen timer and set it for 15 or 20 minutes, and when it goes off, get up, walk around, do some stretches, etc., before you return to practice.
You mention that you try to keep your spine as straight as possible. You may be inadvertently creating a lot of tension in your muscles that needs to be released. Also check out your shoulders to make sure you aren't unconscioiusly "hunching" them up.
Hope this helps!