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Posted by Rob (18.104.22.168) on April 03, 2002 at 11:49:49:
In Reply to: Poor left hand technique posted by A on April 03, 2002 at 02:22:31:
: I'm worried about my left hand technique.
: If I play a note and then alternate between that note and the same note an octave higher, for instance G (3rd fret E-string) then G (5th fret D-string) then after a short while my hand really aches. It's when I have to stretch my hand to play these notes that my hand (mainly my palm) starts to hurt. If I play tenth fret on the E and twelth on the D then it's not so bad. But below the fifth fret it's gets worse.
: I think that the problem must be that I don't have enough strength in my left hand, and so I need to build up stamina, or that I just have poor technique. Plus, I don't use my little finger (it's a weak little under-developed thing) so I use my first and third fingers.
: Do I need to learn to use my little finger?
: Do I have a poor technique maybe?
: Do I need to build up stamina in my left hand?
I agree with most of what Paige and Dave said, but there may be a few other factors at play here.
First - be sure your thumb is opposite your middle finger and parallel to the frets (perpendicular to the neck), and not pointing towards the headstock.
Try to keep your fingers parallel to the frets; not at an angle.
Make sure your palm never touches the neck.
Most players tend to point their thumbs and fingers toward the headstock. This creates a hand angle which shortens the reach.
Oh - one more thing. Keep your pinky straight out all the time; curling your pinky strains the third finger.
Hope you find this helpful.
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