The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #40023   Message #570682
Posted By: M.Ted
12-Oct-01 - 02:19 PM
Thread Name: Building stamina - guitar backup
Subject: RE: Building stamina - guitar backup
Mud Weasel, Justapicker, and the others who emphasize the need to rethink the way that you hold your self with a view for stayingl loose are on the money--your hands and arms should be mostly relaxed--left hand(assuming you are fretting with the left hand) should not be tense except for the fraction of a second that you hold the chord as you strum it--Also, make sure that thumb and fingeres are not locked around the neck of the guitar---your left wrist should not be twisted in any way while you hold the guitar, and to reduce the need to twist your wrists, the neck should be at about a 45 degree angle to your body--Right hand picking movement should come from the wrist and arm, not the fingers--Basically, after every movement, your hands and fingers should relax, otherwise they become fatigued quickly, and finger and hand cramps result---Find and watch a good player somewhere, and check out how they hold the instrument--ask them to show you how, and explain why they do it the way they do--most will be happy to answer your questions--