Gig Alert !

Love Notes ! I’ll be playing my sax tomorrow night @ Falconetti’s East Side Grill and next Friday @Rickshaw Theatre – both in VanCity with Buffalo Jones – if you drop by plz say hi – next hypno-show is for The BC Children’s Hospital in Sept.. sending love & looking forward to seeing everyone soon – S

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Tips For Parents That Will Help Their Child/Children Succeed In School

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As parents, we would want our children to succeed in school because an education is vital to their success, but oftentimes, we do not know what we can do to ensure their success. Yes, we would send them to school, … Continue reading

Win a Battle of The Bands – Win Loyalty

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Local bands are constantly looking for ways to develop huge followings in their home town. A group’s very first show, the battle of the bands, and record release parties are three easy yet extremely effective events that bands can use … Continue reading

Doxy – Sonny Rosati – on Youtube !

Important Singing Tip – Posture Matters!

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In a world overwhelmed with information, everyone is looking for that one singing tip that will help them gain a little higher range, or produce a more pure tone. Whether you are a novice vocalist looking to improve and develop … Continue reading

Gig Alert ! Sonny @ Solinski’s on The Drive

sonnyhornsPerformance Update !

I’ll be playing @ Solinski’s this Friday and Saturday evening (Jan 3 & 4) – on Commercial Drive, Vancouver. If you drop by please say hi !

Wishing everyone a beautiful day 

– S

 

How to Prevent Wrist, Finger, and Forearm Strain When Playing Guitar

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It is often easy to forget how physically demanding playing the guitar can be. It is not uncommon to see guitar players who are suffering from a variety of problems, including tendonitis (an inflammation of the tendons) and carpel tunnel syndrome (when the median nerve is compressed at the wrist, leading to pain, paresthesias, and muscle weakness in the hand).These can be debilitating problems, but they are preventable. There are some important things you can do to protect yourself from having these problems now or later down the road.

First and foremost it is important to stretch before you play or practice, which not only helps to prevent injury, but will also allow you to play more effectively.
The best way to do this is to start off by stretching the fingers one by one.
Start by placing your left hand thumb against your right hand palm and pushing back slightly, not so far that it hurts but far enough so you can feel a stretch. Hold for about 30 seconds. Do this with the rest of your fingers on your left hand, and then repeat the same stretch for all the fingers on the right hand.

This next stretch is great for both your wrists and your forearms. Start by putting your palms together in front of your chest. Slowly push out your elbows and bend your wrists, holding once you feel a good stretch. Next, rotate your wrists forward so your fingers are pointing away from you. Stop and hold when you feel a stretch. After stretching it’s always a good idea to warm up by practicing a few scales, riffs, or chords.

There are some things to keep in mind when you are playing that can help to prevent any problems. First of all, try to keep your wrists as straight as possible when you are playing. When your wrists are bent it will cause unnecessary strain, and also makes it harder to move your fingers. While there are some chords or passages that require you to bend your wrists slightly, it will be better in the long run if you can keep them straight for as long as possible. Just do your best. Also, try not to press on the strings any harder than is absolutely necessary, as doing so will cause a great deal of strain.

Another important tip is to take a break. 15 mins for every hour of playing should do, but take a longer break if you have to. And if you feel any pain or discomfort whatsoever while playing it is important to stop. Trying to play through the pain will only make things worse, so do yourself a favour and stop as soon as you feel any discomfort.

Take care of your hands and wrists and you will be able to experience the joy of playing the guitar for many years to come.

 

Michelle is a guitarist from Québec, Canada. She is currently completing the master certificate program in guitar at the Berklee School of Music in Boston.

If you liked this article and would like to read more, then head on over to Michelle’s blog, The Guitar Player’s Guide.

http://theguitarplayersguide.blogspot.com/

 

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