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Thread #40023   Message #570643
Posted By: Steve in Idaho
12-Oct-01 - 01:30 PM
Thread Name: Building stamina - guitar backup
Subject: RE: Building stamina - guitar backup
What I found helped with this - I'm a flat picker also - is in my warm up. I play chords from A - G in order and in the open mode one after another slowly and gradually build up my speed. I also use 2-4 note picking riffs between the chords as a means of easing the strain. Then start bar chording A - G in order and I've found 30-45 minutes of this eases the strain and it isn't nearly as bad. I try to do this each time before I start practicing other things. You can also begin to learn cross picking by doing the chords like back up - only cross pick instead of strum. This can make for some delightful backup!

C and E are the killers for me. I've had a chunk of my left hand removed by a motorcycle accident many years ago - and those muscles snivel like crazy until I get them stretched out again.

Everyone is also correct - a 5 hour stint is very difficult to do without needing some slack time after.