One day you'll see for yourself, matey!
I think Cat has a valid point, using a light touch and using lighter strings surely won't make the situation worse.
It's a long way to the top if you want to rock n roll!
Well, that's what I tell myself, anyway!
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MatthiasYoung wrote:In the long run, poor technique is poor technique, so changing the gauge is only temporary relief.
My point exactly, thank you very much.
As a guitar instructor specializing in classical and metal, it always amazes me that acoustic guitars for beginners tend to be set up with 12 gauge strings as opposed to 10s. As many entry-level guitars are not well made to begin with, heavy strings just make it even more difficult!
It does take some hand strength to manage .012s. We oldies who grew up playing cheap guitars with barbed-wire action perhaps have a slight advantage there. However poor today's entry-level acoustics might be, they are light years ahead of my old Five Star flat-top, and they don't need to be strung that way for beginners. Let students get calluses & fretting hand strength together first, then beef up the strings (or not) as they choose.
As all my yoga teachers have told me: This should not hurt!
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Cat wrote:Oddly enough (or not so odd) fish oil caps actually make a noticeable difference...especially to my breath. But...whaddya 'spect from a cat???
This is exactly why I take fish oil. Helps my creaky left thumb (which probably owes more to the hard clutch squeeze on my old Panhead Harley than to guitars), knees and ankles.
I have to thank my teacher for picking up on this as I was getting to the point of giving up! I do feel a bit of a plonker so go easy on me please!!!!!!