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Hey all,
I remember a few months ago, an article on exercises to prevent injury appeared in one of the acoustic guitar magazines (Acoustic Guitar World maybe). A couple weeks ago I had some problems with my wrist, so I searched my apartment for the magazine, but was unable to find it... I'm not having any wrist problems anymore, but I was wondering if anybody had advice on injury prevention exercises?
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beginning playing guitar is like lifting weights, your always going to be sore at first. Just keep playing, your muscles will get stronger.

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Without going into too much detail, I always stretch, message and worm-up before playing. Start with some slow scales and build up the tempo. Then I do some extroeme bends hammers and pulls and chord changes. I just make sure my hands are loose and wormed-up.

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Hey, thanks both for the advice. I usually warm-up with some simple scales and fingerpicking patterns, but I'll add the stretching and massage in there, too.
I've been playing guitar for quite awhile, but with college going right now I sometimes am not able to practice as much as I'd like to... so I sometimes go from only playing for a few hours over a two-week period to playing 3-5 hours in a day when I get the time.
I think warming the wrist up with some stretching and massage beforehand should help a lot with this.
Thanks

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One of those hand exercisers would work while you're away from your guitar. I "re-discovered" mine the other day and I can feel the difference already. Great tool!!!

If you don't know what I mean, I'll post a pic when I get home.

Edit: Here it is. It really does help. I use it for both hands.


   
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