I've been having pains in my right shoulder lately. I'm right-handed, so I'll only talk about my picking arm.
It really bothers me because I've been very active since I first began playing about 5 years ago, but NEVER had any pains in arms, shoulders, wrists or fingers. Ever. Believe me I've been practising, and I think I can thank my technique and warm-ups for avoiding any damages.
A couple of months back I started switching from arm/elbow motion to more wrist motion while picking. Mainly on fast picking. I could play pretty fast with elbow motion, but my picking have now become much more efficient and thus, a lot faster and with more control. This is of course fantastic!;D
I don't know if this is what's causing the aches in my shoulder, but that's the only change in my technique that I can remember, which you probably would have asked for if I didn't explain it..
It's only the last week or two I've noticed it, and it really bothers me as I haven't had any problems before.
I've just learned the classical finger-picking part of Jason Beckers "Air", and that may be another reason. I've been practising this a lot the last few days, and it's really coming together. I don't know if I have terrible classical techniqe, but I have been practising stuff like this before, but maybe not this much. I don't know, it's hard to tell, hence this post
I try to relax as much as possible at all times, but it doesn't seem to help. Trying to locate where the problem is, but I can't seem to find it!!
You probably understand my huge frustration as I have been practising heavy all these years, difficult music in several genres, but not a _single_ problem in my hands or shoulders..!
So basically; have you ever experienced any similar problems? Any good tips on how to locate, and ultimately get rid of this **** ??