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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 05-01-2003, 07:28 PM Thread Starter
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Endurance problem

Sometimes when playing fast runs nonestop like the ones in Jason Becker's Altitudes, my right hand becomes really tired and i have to slow down or stop and massage my forearm and stretch my arm. Have any of you experienced this problem? What do you recommend so I'll get more stamina/endurance? Or lots of coffee?
I know most are going to say practice practice practice but can you be a little bit more specific on which exercises to do?
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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old 05-01-2003, 10:39 PM
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Play I guess. Exercise your wrist too. Just twirl it around for a few minutes like... 3 times a day or something. Basically get your muscles built up to withstand the playing.
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post #3 of 8 (permalink) Old 05-02-2003, 08:58 AM
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Muscular endurance is pretty exercise specific. You'd think being able to run a long time would allow one to go long on a stairmaster or vice versa. Nope. It helps (certainly with the cardio aspect it helps a lot), but in the end you get better at a given exercise by doing that exercise.

So, you wanna improve playing endurance? Play a lot. This also helps other aspects of musicianship you won't get from hand exercisers.

One extra thing I do while in the car is lightly hold part of the steering wheel with my left hand like I would a guitar neck, with only thumb & all fingertips touching. Then I do mock "trills" with each finger until it gives out. It only takes a few minutes for each. All the while, incidentally, I am driving with my right hand (just wanted to make that clear!).

But mostly, just play.
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post #4 of 8 (permalink) Old 05-02-2003, 06:59 PM
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Also be sure you're not picking with your entire forearm--just your wrist. This was a big problem for me (and still is, to a lesser extent) but once you can play with just your wrist, you'll be able to go on forever.
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post #5 of 8 (permalink) Old 05-02-2003, 11:59 PM
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Actually, lots of people use the elbow as a pivot point, thus using the whole forearm. I don't think that's an issue, once you learn how to relax while doing it.

I think the fingering hand is more susceptible to fatigue anyway.
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post #6 of 8 (permalink) Old 05-03-2003, 06:24 AM
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I pick from the wrist, yet I seem to lose endurance after a while, not in the forearm though, it seems like my shoulder/upper arm begins to tense up and I don't understand why, because I don't use my elbow for picking. Does anyone have any advice?
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post #7 of 8 (permalink) Old 05-03-2003, 07:54 PM
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relaxing is key

iv had that problem, took me a while but keep trying to relax really helps
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post #8 of 8 (permalink) Old 05-03-2003, 08:00 PM
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relax and work out your wrist.
toss one off.
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