Sometime ago, I noticed that my shoulders would become tense during playing, especially the left one. I would get them both relaxed, resume playing and then notice that they would get tense again. I could not figure out what caused the tension. But then I noticed that my LH thumb would often be extended to the left, towards the nut (see the left picture below). That habit had been developed during many years of my playing steel string acoustic guitars. I started watching my LH thumb position, making sure it was more like on the right picture. As a result, the shoulder tension disappeared (it was a great feeling!), some LH fingerings started to come more natural and LH movements became more economical. The thumb position influences the elbow position which, in turn, has impact on the shoulder, etc. I guess we should never underestimate seemingly minor details.
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2015 Alhambra 5p