Posted 14 June 2011 - 02:24 PM
Any help is appreciated.
Posted 14 June 2011 - 03:44 PM
No! It's not wise to push yourself and really work your fingers. When we start a new kind of physical activity our bodies should be seduced into compliance, not whipped.
Now's the time to see your musical journey in a new light. There's much to learn, plenty of skills required for both hands and much for the brain to absorb. So do something different for a while ... a few days if that's what it takes for your fingers to recover. You won't lose what you've achieved so far, but I can promise you'll lose much more if you damage yourself.
How about learning the positions of notes on the fretboard, or reading a bit about keys? Everything you punch into your brain now will be useful later on.
Keep in touch.
Posted 15 June 2011 - 06:26 AM
Posted 16 June 2011 - 03:09 PM
Posted 05 February 2012 - 04:45 AM
Posted 05 February 2012 - 05:23 AM
Posted 05 February 2012 - 12:48 PM
Keep in mind that at its heart, guitar is a physical activity requiring the training of muscles that are not normally used. As with any new physical activity, you need to strike the proper balance of work and rest in order to make steady progress; and steady progress is the name of the game in learning guitar, IMHO.
If you push too hard, you risk injury that will seriously impact your ability to play.
On the other hand, if you don't push hard enough you won't make any progress, leading to frustration.
You mention fatigue, but not pain, and it's important to tease out the difference.
Fatigue--including some muscle soreness--is to be expected. It takes consistent repetition over time for muscles to get toned and build stamina. For example, if you had never run distance before it would be wrongheaded to imagine that you could seriously train for a marathon and not get sore leg muscles from time to time--the worst being at the beginning. They don't call it "feeling the burn" for nothing.
Pain, on the other hand, is a signal that something is really wrong and indicates that you need to reasses your regimen. Using the above example, while soreness and fatigue in your leg muscle would be expected, shooting pains in your knees would be an indicator that something is seriously wrong.
So, you need to decide whether what you are feeling is the routine fatigue/soreness that is incident with any new physical activity, or pain that is warning you to back off.
BTW & FWIW, I am a big believer in practicing every day. Every. Single. Day. Without fail.
Remember, learning guitar skills is incremental, and every day is an opportunity to better your skills just a little bit. Consistent daily practice will get you better results than a single weekly marathon session.
If, for example, you practice 6 hours on Monday and then have to take the next 6 days off because you have wrecked your hands, you will find it hard--if not impossible--to make progress. On the other hand, if you practice 1 hour (or any amount of time that leaves you with enough juice to get back to it tomorrow) and practice every day consistently, you will make better progress and feel less frustration.
As for keeping up with the guy on the DVD? I'm sure he has been playing for years, and so he has already built up a huge amount of stamina. Again, imagine you were training for a marathon with an Olympic marathon gold medalist. He could slow down to a speed that you could reasonably start with, but of course he could keep it up for much longer because he is already trained whereas you are not. I think you would be better served learning what to do from the DVD and then practicing the chord changes with a metronome. Find a speed that you can do comfortably, and then raise it in small increments (maybe only 2 beats per minute, at first) until you can do it in tempo and without feeling overfatigued.
"The fault lies not in our [guitars] Horatio, but in ourselves."
Posted 05 February 2012 - 01:14 PM
Posted 05 February 2012 - 09:24 PM
All good advice above. Being a beginner, you may be pressing down on the strings too hard causing tension on the fingers and wrist. Take notice of your technique. You only have to press down enough to make the note sound. Press down on each string just behind the fret. Unless your action is high a light touch will work. Take your time. Rest often when you feel a strain in your fingers and wrist.
Posted 21 April 2012 - 05:19 PM
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