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Thread: frustation, stop, restart!

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    frustation, stop, restart!

    hi guys,
    i play guitar for about 4 years, but seriously for about 2 years.
    i was playing for about 4hours day, i love guitar u know, but in june i started to play few hours a week, 'cause i feel frustated, i can't improve, i feel a pain in my pinky, it was tensed up and I did'nt know what to practice.
    so i decided to stop for a while, i worked and go to the sea.
    now i'm still working, and i think that i got at least 3hours a day to practice, i want to restart.
    so...i wanna listen some suggestion to how get the best from my practice time and how organize my time.
    thank u all guys, and sorry for my english!

    ciao!
    ...somewhere a queen is weeping, somewhere a king has no wife...

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    which pinky?

    I assume you mean the fret hand. In that case try to relax when you play. Most of the time pain means improper technique. Try to keep your fingers parallel with the frets and practice stretching exercises(7-9-12) with you 1st 2nd and 4th fingers....(index on the 7th fret, middle on the 9th and pinky on the 12th fret.) all on the same string. Practice this over and over. then move down the fret board once that is comfotable and find a pattern that stretches a little further. Be patient with this.

    hope this helps

    hope I explained it well enough.

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    Quote Originally Posted by stratocarlos
    so...i wanna listen some suggestion to how get the best from my practice time and how organize my time.
    That depends what skills you wanna improve.

    Technique? ear? Songwriting? Improvisation?

    You should spend the most time doing what you consider the most important.
    Oh, and In my opinion that's not worth anything to "practice" 20 minutes, the go have lunch, practice another half an hour, then watch a film... Maybe you practiced 3 hours altogether, but it's worth a WHOLE LOT more to practice 3 hours at a time! (but you MUST take short breaks, 10-15 mins after each hour.) Playing less than an hour at one time is worth very little in my opinion. You can't really work on anything seriously in less than 60 mins, and if you do 30 mins of practice, 10 minutes break than 30min again, you will spend at least 10 minutes from the second half with getting into the stride again (bad english here, but i guess you know what i mean)

    Hope this helped somehow!
    Can you spell T-E-N-D-O-N-I-T-I-S?

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    technique at first, 'cause i think i got a good hear...that's all!
    other suggestions are welcome, tnx!
    ...somewhere a queen is weeping, somewhere a king has no wife...

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    It's a good idea to include a stretching routine. Especially if you are gonna work your technique real hard. Gently work each finger,(indepenently of the others) in both directions. Do the same with the wrists. Here is a nice drill to improve your left hand dexterity and to help with chording.
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    Do this with your index finger barred over the fifth fret. 
    |--5--6--7--8----------
    |--5--6--7--8----------
    |--5--6--7--8----------
    |--5--6--7--8----------
    |--5--6--7--8----------
    |--5--6--7--8----------
    This excersise does not need to be over done but doing it a few times as a warm up is great. You will feel it.

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