John Moans wrote: ↑
Mon Jan 29, 2018 7:31 pm
Thank you all for your excellent advice. Low action, low tension strings and correct technique, supplemented with thumb exercises should assist me in reducing any discomfort. Again thank you for your invaluable advice.
With osteoarthritis, please be careful with "thumb exercises". Although many doctors say, "motion is the lotion" when it comes to arthritis, you want to be careful what type of exercise you do so as not to aggravate the condition if you have bone-on-bone contact. Visit a physical therapist and get their advice on the best type of exercises for *you* to do.
Also remember that with barre chords, you rarely need to hold down all of the strings at once. Become an expert at knowing exactly which strings need the pressure and which are already fretted by other fingers. That way, you only apply pressure with the index finger to the necessary notes. When you do this, you may find that you can perform barre chords without a lot of help from the thumb, using mostly finger pressure driven by arm/shoulder/back muscles. Think smart...not strong!
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