ThePredster wrote:I've been practicing equal sound tremolo picking/arggeppegios for several hours straight(about 3-4) for several days now with noticable improvement. But I am afraid that all this excess exercise is going to permanantly damage my nerves or muscles. From my elbow up, the muscles are sore. Is there a way a can get in hrs of practice with less pain? I personally work out to help my body work more efficiently on a cardiovascular level. I heard the no pain no gain motto doesnt work to well in guitar playing.
You are right, no pain gain is a sure way to pain and frustration, plenty of roadblocks and maybe even temporary or permanent physical damage.
I also think that over doing it will burn you out mentally as well, as you will get bored, and eventually give up.
You are better off doing smaller practice sessions for specific techniques or issues with a plan of attack and specific materials like selected exercises from Pumping Nylon, Kitharologus: The Path to Virtuosity, Giuliani Studies etc.... Give yourself enough time for these skills to develop, and more important than all, get a good qualified instructor that can guide you along, and correct the mistakes before they become bad habits.
It's important that your instructor gel with you in the approach and goals\priorities that you have. In my case for instance, I think both me and my instructor are lucky he is stickler for detail and that is exactly what I was looking for. So I get the kind of guidance that I could not find with other teachers, and he has a student thirsty enough to follow his instructions precisely. We both have a great time, classes usually run for a good 1 1/2 hours and I have done tremendous progress since August because of this.