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Friday, December 30, 2011


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Since I have some problems with carpal tunnel and RMI's my guitar teacher shared this exercise with me, and I thought I would pass it on to you. He had tendonitis badly enough that he couldn't play for a couple of years. This is an exercise he does to help warm up his hands and stretch the tendons before practice.

Of course, the cat had to get into the action, LOL! emoticon

I hope I don't sound too annoying, I felt a bit nervous.

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GUITARWOMAN 1/3/2012 4:07PM

    Saw the video! You were fine, the cat was cute and you were very professional in moving him (her?) from the scene of the action. Just like a cat.

I am assuming that one keeps wrists in a straight position when doing this, or else there will be a carpal tunnel fallout? Please let me know.

I see how it can stretch out the tendons really nicely.


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THE_HERMIT 1/1/2012 3:24PM

    (Right hand exercise)Hi another exercise is to rest a cup on the back of your hand and bring the fingers into a playing position while keeping the cup in position on your hand. This exercise makes sure that you don't use the wrist and that it is the fingers that do the work when you play the guitar.

carpel tunnel is from repetitive wear and tear of the muscle in the carpel part of the wrist and this is what the exercise helps avoid.
As a teacher I have often seen people who try to use their wrist to move when stretching for positions on the fret-board instead of letting the stretch come from the fingers. The player should always aim to make sure there is no tension held in the joints too. I encourage my students to think of there hand as acting as if it were a hovercraft over the frets.

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MEDDYPEDDY 1/1/2012 3:59AM

    Loved the cat... and loved taht you kept it with the cat and all - I would probably had started over.

I donīt think I have any problems with my hands but that exercise felt like it would give me focus and harmony so I will do it - thanks!

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OLDERDANDRT 12/31/2011 4:46PM

    My guitar playing was very short-lived as a teen and I gave my guitar to my daughter when she moved out 12 or so years ago, but I DO have carpal tunnel, so I enjoyed your vlog! (You have a very pretty cat!)

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GOLIGHTLY344 12/31/2011 3:24PM

    Thank you soooo much. I do have concerns about overdoing my practice and injuring myself, so this is absolutely great.
My piano teacher also told me to stretch my arm out in front of me, then bend my hand downward--using my other hand to gently! stretch my hand downward. He does a similar exercise as in your video. I like the 45 seconds 5 times and the gentle motion.
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SUNRISE14 12/30/2011 5:45PM

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BADASSBLONDIE 12/30/2011 5:08PM

    Cool thanks! And oh man, I love that your cat got in on the action. Those little guys are so tricky!

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GUITARWOMAN 12/30/2011 4:41PM

    Oh dear, the video is not loading, I really wanted to see this.

Aside from the cts, I have a locking tendon in my right ring finger that is getting worse....

I'll check again in a bit or tomorrow.

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