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Offline mdcougar

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Re: TE-101 • Finger Stretching Exercise
« Reply #100 on: January 24, 2015, 06:40:18 pm »
This exercise causes me pain in my wrist.  As you recommended, I have stopped so as to not injure myself, but I'm wondering if there might be something about my arm/wrist/hand position that is leading to this exercise causing pain.

Maybe if I adjust my position I could do the exercise without pain.  Any suggestions?

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Re: TE-101 • Finger Stretching Exercise
« Reply #101 on: January 24, 2015, 09:38:19 pm »
Lift the neck of your guitar up on and angle more. Any time you get pain in your wrist it is usually
from trying to crank your wrist around the neck.

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Re: TE-101 • Finger Stretching Exercise
« Reply #102 on: January 25, 2015, 09:01:54 am »
You did the right thing stopping to reevaluate things when you noticed pain.
Take stitch's advice there.

Two other things.
Use a light touch. I know it feels like you have to strain to make that reach, but the less tension you have in your hand, the better. If you find yourself really straining to get it, move up a fret or two so it's easier.
The other thing is, take it slow and do it in fairly short sessions. This is not a speed or rhythm exercise, so trying to go fast or use a metronome serves no real use. Trying to go too fast or too long can cause pain, or even injury if taken too far.

I'm not trying to scare anyone off the exercises. They are good exercises. They are easy to overdo.

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Re: TE-101 • Finger Stretching Exercise
« Reply #103 on: January 27, 2015, 11:29:43 am »
And you'll find the stretch easier if you are relaxed!! :)
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Re: TE-007 • Finger Stretching Exercise
« Reply #104 on: June 03, 2016, 10:59:39 pm »
Spend some time splaying your hand out like a 5 year old who is very proud to be 5. 

Point the guitar neck towards the ceiling at about 45 degrees.  Then with your fingers still splayed, stretch the index and pinky across as many frets as you can.  Don't play.  You are just using the neck to feel the stretch.  By pointing the neck up, you reduce the strain on your wrist.

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Great advice! I could reach the end of 7th fret with my pinky while my index is fixed on 1st fret. Both on the same string.

My question is, how long should I leave my fingers splayed/stretched? Also, should I push my thumb against the neck?

Thank you shadow :)
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Re: TE-007 • Finger Stretching Exercise
« Reply #105 on: January 03, 2017, 09:58:52 pm »
Any advice for someone who's pinky finger consistently lies on its side turned toward the center of the hand?


Thanks

Was the post just below in response to this?  I have this problem too (but fortunately not the wrist pain).  I feel as though my fingers are deformed, pinky especially.

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Re: TE-101 • Finger Stretching Exercise
« Reply #106 on: January 03, 2017, 11:12:26 pm »
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Exercise 2 is great for sorting the pinky out but be patient. As Justin says start on the 8th fret were the frets are closer and get stretching there before moving down towards the neck. Just take your time. Exercise 4 will also help but start Ex2 and see how you get on. One thing I would say is that it takes some concentration at the beginning, almost more a mental rather than physical challenge.

Thanks for the prompt as I need to incorporate back into  my practice as there's a pattern in the Blues Rhythm course I'm really struggling with !!

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Re: TE-101 • Finger Stretching Exercise
« Reply #107 on: April 15, 2018, 01:19:15 am »
I just stared Stage 3 of the beginners course today.  I'm sure like many people I was having difficulty with G & C chords.  I couldnt get the notes played because my fingers werent in the right position. 

I then went onto the finger stretching exercises and did them for a few minutes.  I then went back to G & C and was able to play them properly.  Cant argue with immediate results :)

I'm not claiming next time I play them it will work, probably just because my fingers were loosened up.  But its nice to be able to see results right away.  And I know if I'm having issues with some of the chords I can do some of these stretches to prepare. 

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Re: TE-101 • Finger Stretching Exercise
« Reply #108 on: January 06, 2019, 07:55:24 pm »
Not sure this post is very visible as I have a notification it's at least 120 days since last posted to.
However, the title is just what I want to post on so I'm keeping my fingers crossed I'll get some responses.

Last Christmas I started on the first lesson of the IM Blues rhythm course but struggled so much with the first lesson shuffle that needs a giant stretch (for me) of 5 frets, from 8 to 12 that I gave up and for a year I've been doing the finger stretching exercise TE-007 hoping to improve my stretch so I could do the shuffle exercise.
Unfortunately I still can't do it and I think it's my little finger that is the problem because with the blues shuffle it has to be placed on the 5th string while the first is still pressing on the 6th. not quite the shape of stretching on the same string. and suggestions for exercises to overcome this problem?

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Re: TE-101 • Finger Stretching Exercise
« Reply #109 on: January 06, 2019, 08:03:32 pm »
Not sure this post is very visible as I have a notification it's at least 120 days since last posted to.
However, the title is just what I want to post on so I'm keeping my fingers crossed I'll get some responses.

Last Christmas I started on the first lesson of the IM Blues rhythm course but struggled so much with the first lesson shuffle that needs a giant stretch (for me) of 5 frets, from 8 to 12 that I gave up and for a year I've been doing the finger stretching exercise TE-007 hoping to improve my stretch so I could do the shuffle exercise.
Unfortunately I still can't do it and I think it's my little finger that is the problem because with the blues shuffle it has to be placed on the 5th string while the first is still pressing on the 6th. not quite the shape of stretching on the same string. and suggestions for exercises to overcome this problem?

Saw the post Willsie, but regret that I can't suggest any exercises,  but thought I'd reply just for moral support.

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Re: TE-101 • Finger Stretching Exercise
« Reply #110 on: January 06, 2019, 08:06:49 pm »
Saw the post Willsie, but regret that I can't suggest any exercises,  but thought I'd reply just for moral support.

At least I know it's not quite a "dead" thread  :)
Thanks, David :)

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Re: TE-101 • Finger Stretching Exercise
« Reply #111 on: January 06, 2019, 08:45:59 pm »
A wise man told me to use the D string 8th fret instead of stretching the pinky( barre with the 1st finger). It's also hard to do but is easier.

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Re: TE-101 • Finger Stretching Exercise
« Reply #112 on: January 06, 2019, 08:48:57 pm »
PS - that pattern also works with a 5th string root.

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Re: TE-101 • Finger Stretching Exercise
« Reply #113 on: January 06, 2019, 08:54:40 pm »
Willsie there are no dead threads the warning show uo on any thread not posted
on in a 120 days but the new post will activate the thread.
As for your stretching problem jono's suggestion is one possibility or keep at it.
Keep practicing as far up the neck as you can then work your way down as your
finger stretch increases.

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Re: TE-101 • Finger Stretching Exercise
« Reply #114 on: January 06, 2019, 11:07:59 pm »
A wise man told me to use the D string 8th fret instead of stretching the pinky( barre with the 1st finger). It's also hard to do but is easier.

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I’d already thought of finding the right note on the 4th (D) string but in the sequence I’m talking about it would mean pressing down on the 7th fret not 8th, and so shuffle becomes: first triplet is 8th fret on 6th string & 10th fret on 5th string; second triplet is 8th fret on 6th string & 7th fret on 4th string, muting 5th string in between. As I’ve said I’ve tried that but the muting of the 5th string is proving very difficult.
Or have I misunderstood you?

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Re: TE-101 • Finger Stretching Exercise
« Reply #115 on: January 06, 2019, 11:18:54 pm »
Keep practicing as far up the neck as you can then work your way down as your
finger stretch increases.
Unfortunately I’m trying to practice already at the optimum position on the neck for me. This is governed by the peculiar curve and twist of my little finger. I can’t go higher up the neck because of the frets widening and I can’t get lower because of the orientation my hand has to assume to even reach the 5th string with my little finger the body of my acoustic gets in the way. I’ll keep trying all suggestions though.

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Re: TE-101 • Finger Stretching Exercise
« Reply #116 on: January 06, 2019, 11:24:00 pm »
If you are doing the standard shuffle then it ( for example) 6th string fret 8 and 5th string frets 10 and 12 and stretch to 13.
Instead of stretching to  5th string fret 13 keep the finger on 5th string fret 12 and strum strings 5 and 4 with 4 barred at fret 8.
But now I am thinking you are struggling to reach fret 12 in my example.

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Re: TE-101 • Finger Stretching Exercise
« Reply #117 on: January 06, 2019, 11:32:17 pm »
Not much help willsie ... but let it give you some additional respect for Parfitt and Rossi who played those 12 bar rhythms for hours on end night after night.
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Re: TE-101 • Finger Stretching Exercise
« Reply #118 on: January 06, 2019, 11:38:15 pm »
But now I am thinking you are struggling to reach fret 12 in my example.
Yes!

Playing a shuffle on the C chord first finger at 8th fret 6th string the alternating notes on 10th and 12th frets of 5th string using fingers 2 & 5. The stretch for the little finger to make the 12th fret while maintaining the position of the others is my problem.

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Re: TE-101 • Finger Stretching Exercise
« Reply #119 on: January 06, 2019, 11:42:57 pm »
Not much help willsie ... but let it give you some additional respect for Parfitt and Rossi who played those 12 bar rhythms for hours on end night after night.
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Nah...probably just got long fingers.
 
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Re: TE-101 • Finger Stretching Exercise
« Reply #120 on: February 07, 2019, 11:02:37 pm »
I've been trying to do this exercise for a few days now, but all I'm accomplishing is making my thumb cramp and my hand feel weak. I have to contort my arm and wrist to get my hand up to those frets, and there's just no getting my hand square to the neck like he says to, not without over-twisting my wrist and causing a lot of pain. Am I doing something wrong? I've tried shifting the guitar around to see if there's a more comfortable position, but there isn't one that I can find.

It's worth mentioning that I've been playing other instruments most of my life, and I already have dexterity in my hands, but there were a few stretches I was having trouble with so I decided to try this exercise. So far, it's only made things worse.

Edit: I'm almost certain it's something to do with posture, and I'd go to a private tutor so they could tell me what I'm doing wrong if I could, but I don't have that kind of money, which is why I'm learning from a website instead.

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Re: TE-101 • Finger Stretching Exercise
« Reply #121 on: February 08, 2019, 06:08:36 pm »
Mkve the guitar to match your body. Don't move your body to match the guitar.
Anglingthe neck up a little usually is enouh.

 

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