Thanks for the tips and comments everyone
Evocacion wrote:My wife bought me a subscription to Classical Guitar for Christmas. I have to say that overall I have not been very impressed, but the Summer issue has an article with five stretch exercises for guitarists.
Care to elaborate on the stretches? It could be beneficial for many here on the forum that deal with thumb issues. I think of rojarosguitar and this thread: viewtopic.php?f=43&t=95552&start=30
After dealing with these issues for 2 years now and seeing improvement, I'd like to share what I've done so far to cope:
1.) Had Mr. Joseph Redman build me a smaller bodied Torres style guitar in 640mm scale length and 50mm nut.
2.) I built my own saddle to lower the action to 3.5mm at the 6th string 12th fret and 2.75mm at the 1st string 12th fret. (no buzzing unless I play REALLY hard.)
3.) Recently have been using only La Bella 2001 light tension strings
4.) I stretch every morning and evening...even if I'm not playing that day
5.) I never play right away in the morning as that's when I'm the most stiff and it will ruin my day if I do haha
6.) If I play for a long time (up to 3 hours) I take a lot of breaks and stretch
7.) Started re-learning left hand technique as I had come from steel string background and I don't think I ever learned it properly. Two videos that have changed my playing are Scott Morris' lesson on barring and Kevin Gallagher on 3 left hand positions (both available on YouTube).
It seems like a lot, but it's what I had to do. Giving up playing just wasn't an option...I'd sooner quit my job and live in a box! lol
Hope this can help others
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