Michael.N. wrote:Your warm up should be gentle, slow movements. That's the whole point of a warm up, nothing too jerky or vigorous too soon. Just gently and slowly move/flex the fingers, wrist, forearm. Then include things like shoulder, Neck and perhaps Back exercises.
I also think you should look at your technique and how you are presenting your wrist to the Neck of the Guitar.
I don't know much about ergonomics when dealing with the guitar except for these things I've read:
- Use the least amount of force possible
- Be relaxed
- Try not to flex the hands too much
- Don't rest the right hand too hard on the body of the guitar (?)
- Never play a demanding piece right away, always start with something easier and slower
Yes. The only trouble is that knowing about such things is only half the battle. You have to put those things into your actual playing. That sometimes isn't as easy as it seems. Playing a musical instrument is in many ways a complex activity. Quite often we are trying to do many things at the same time - read the music, concentrate on our left hand, concentrate on our right hand, listen to the tone/sound, be aware of our posture and tension issues. It's not that surprising that things go wrong!
Pain is never a good sign. If you have been experiencing such pain for 2 years then there is clearly something not right, even though it is 'minor pain' as you call it. It also begs the question as to why you are taking NSAIDs if the pain is so minor?
You don't say if you have a Classical Guitar teacher. If you don't have one I suggest you find a specialist Classical Guitar teacher. Preferably one who is well versed in posture and tension issues. It may be that you simply need a minor correction of your technique. It may be other issues. Impossible to say from the other end of a computer. I know that the cost of a teacher puts a lot of people off. I'm also aware that some people are adamant that they can teach themselves. Even just 1 or 2 lessons, focusing on your basic technique might be enough to solve your problem. Sometimes it really is better to put yourself in the hands of a professional. The vast majority of the time it means that you will make much quicker progress. Teaching yourself is the hard and the long route.