Members Hemroidius Posted January 18, 2010 Members Share Posted January 18, 2010 this thread prompted by my somewhat arthritic left index finger in particular - where I've been experiencing noticeable tenderness/pain when I play. (I'm 50 BTW.) Especially noticeable when I press down (though lately it feels more like mashing down) the D-G & B strings with the end digit of my index finger to form a 1st position A chord: x/02220X Improvising off this is position is usually my starting point for a playing session - cause it's so simple and gratifying. I wonder if I haven't done some damage to this fingerjoint over the years for this position, by using it as a bit of a crutch (in place of the more "proper" form using one finger for each fretted note). My wrists also ache intermittently whenever I do anything requiring consistent hand manipulation. ...maybe it's simply age. It could be that I play somewhat intermittently the last few years. In part I think my shying away from playing is fed by the discomfort (and vice versa). Anyways, I tried some simple stretching and self-massage recently between my both my hands/fingers, and it seems to have helped some. I use pretty much standard light gauge strings on all my guitars (10-46 for electric, 12-52 acoustic). I'm considering trying extra lights for a while - I know it will make it easier to play, and I like the feel of extra slinky strings - I just don't like the loss of oomph and tuning stability with lighter gauges. There's always analgesic rub and ibuprofen. Anyone else got any tricks ?.... Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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