I've been at it hard lately with great practice sessions but started getting sore again. Let me first get something out of the way. I just came off a 12 week Testosterone cycle (I've done about 4-5 steroid cycles in my life. I do one every couple of years or so) to help out tendonitis on the elbow and it healed up very well. I'm also a power lifter so it benefits me. I was hitting the exercises the last few weeks harder than the weights and being on the cycle I was able to recover and not feel anything however the last week or so the soreness started again. This is normal because I started doing new things like doing the exercises from Speed Mechanics but doing most of the Legato like he suggests one finger at a time or lifting one as the other comes down. I wasn't able to do this before due to lack of strength in the pinky but now I can do it but can only keep it up for a couple exercises until the fatigue sets in then soreness next day.
My question is how do most of you deal with any soreness when you get it? Do I take one or two days off or just go lighter and just work on songs?
And WHY, why is that no book ever made or instruction on exercises ever give exact directions to how much to do? For example when it comes to building musculature or strength you'll hear things like do 5 sets of 6-8 reps of heavy squats for legs or 3-5 sets of 6 reps bent rows for back but when it comes to practicing guitar and doing exercises you NEVER ever hear. Do this exercise so many times for this many times a day then rest this much. It's obvious that when you lift you rest the body part you've just trained for at least 4 to 6 days. In guitar playing I hear a lot of the top players with books say, "Just like working out with weights you have to rest your hands when you train them hard". Well, WTF does rest mean? How long before you hit it again with the same exercises? ??
I do two exercises after warming up that consists of 1-2-4 hammers and pulloffs 8 times on each string starting on high E then to low E and back down. 8 times on each string then I rest 30 secs or so and do the same but with fingers 1-3-4. After this I do exercises 9-12 from Speed Mechanics and then exercise 14 which is a freaking killer for me. This exercise just destroys my pinky and top of the hand on pinky side. I would usually do a couple more legato exercises after that and then work on a song. Since I started doing everything the "one finger up as the other comes down" way, I've been really sore and tired. When I try to do exercises 9-12 there's just NOTHING on my pinky left. I try as hard as I can while relaxing as much as possible but the pinky just won't sound those notes clearly and with equal volume. What do I do here, keep banging at it or reduce the number of exercises? It's obvious I'm doing too much with this new approach so any advice as to how much to do?
Thanks in advance. I wish guitar technique or getting good on guitar was less painful than a freaking 600lb squat.