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What to do when you’re suffering from aches and pains from guitar playing Part 2

In Part 1 of “What to do when you’re suffering from aches and pains from guitar playing”, we talked about identify where your pain is, and also when it is happening when it’s related to guitar.

Now it’s worth finding out how we can fix your aches and pains too.

3.) Other lifestyle elements 

Are there is other things in your life that’s contribution to your aches and pains. Sometimes it might not be the guitar playing it could be something else and it’s aggravated by your guitar playing. This is very common nowadays because a lot of people work in the office hunched over a laptop. And that’s a very similar posture they then adapt with that guitar playing which increases the amount of aches and pains that they are already suffering with. It causes your chest muscles at the front of your body to tighten and your muscles behind your shoulder blades extend which is very difficult to fix.

With the right exercises on with the right guidance is possible to fix it but it might mean you have to make some changes to other parts of your lifestyle too. 

It could be start working for my desk it could be that do you need to do more running and more weight training. Or it could be taking up yoga there are lots of things that might be able to help you with these aches and pains.

4.)  How to fix it

This is a bit more of a complicated question. It really depends on what’s causing your aches and pains, when you are suffering from it, how long you’ve been suffering with it for, and How severe these issues are. There are many times when it can be a medical problem and you need to go see a physio to help you overcome these challenges. 

You might be surprised to hear that many guitar teachers actually don’t know how to fix these type of issues. It might be because that they’ve never suffered from them themselves or maybe they’ve got these specific problems that they’ve suffered from. And so therefore can help you. 

But most aren’t sure what to do. A lot of these aches and pains stem from tension in your body and you might not be out able to identify that tension for you it’s something that you have to discover yourself. This is an area that we’ve got a lot of expertise and we even have personal trainers and physio that can help you get rid of you.

If you’re interested to know more then please contact us, and we can help you with the next steps. …

What to do when you’re suffering from aches and pains from guitar playing Part 1

It’s pretty common for guitarists to suffer from aches and pains, starting in the beginning or whether they are experienced or advance guitar players. 

Here are a few ideas on how you can overcome it and start to enjoy your guitar playing again. Rather than dreading your next practice session.

1.) Identify the pain

That’s my sound like a silly point but it’s important to know where it hurts on your body when you’re playing the guitar is it your shoulder is at your neck sometimes you think you’re eating in one place but actually the problem stems from somewhere else for example sometimes our wrist hurts but Ashley is coming up from our back affecting our shoulders and it’s causing a risk to her because it’s a different position. So that’s why it’s important to identify where it hurts but where the source of pain could be coming from.

Work out where you’ve got tension when you’re playing, I could be in your shoulders which is very common with people slightly raised her shoulders up when they play the guitar. I could be your back a lot of people hunched over when they play the guitar as well what over arched her neck. Especially when you’re looking down at the fretboard. This is very common with begin a guitarist as they arch they’re back over to look at the Fretboard as they can’t see where they should be placing their fingers. And this causes a lot of back and neck ache.

2.) When does it happen

Besides finding out where it hurts it’s important that we know when does it happen is it when you’re practising guitar is it when you doing scales is it when you doing at particular song when you’ve got extra tension because you feel pressure. Is it when you are playing when you’re standing is it when you’re sitting is it when you’re on a particular chair. Sometimes bad chair that doesn’t help your posture can be the cause of backache. 

It could also be what you’re playing on the guitar. So very commonly we see people suffering from shoulder ache when they play barcodes. And that’s because of the amount of attention that they put on the rest when they play it rather than building strength in the correct way.

Go onto Part 2 of this article to find out how you get fix your aches and pain to enjoy your guitar playing again. …

What to do when you get stuck with your guitar playing?

It’s very common for anyone learning the guitar to get stuck. You could have just started a week ago or ten years ago… it can still get frustrating at times. 

There are a few ways we can really get motivated about the guitar again at any stage of your guitar playing. So let’s have a look at them! 

1.) Listen to musicians and guitarist who inspire you 

Try to listen as much as you can to artists who inspire you. They might be artists that motivated you to learn the guitar in the first place, or they could be new artists that interest you too. I’ve found that Apple Music really “understands” me now. And I just tell Siri to play me music and it plays me new music that I haven’t heard before but enjoy. And I’m sure the equivalent exists on Spotify. 

You could ask your guitar teacher for new artists to listen to as well. 

If you are a little more experienced, you could improvise along to those tracks. Do it casually, listen, work out the key, and play a few notes along. Or try to figure out the chords. Have fun with it! And don’t take it too seriously. 

  1. Find other people to play with 

Having other people to play music with can motivate and reinvigorate your interest in music and guitar. They might give you new ideas including on to do on the guitar. New things to try and practise on the guitar. New scales, new chords, new riffs etc. New songs, new genres etc. So many inspirations come from playing with others. 

And the most important thing is that it’s fun! It might seem daunting in the beginning, especially if you are at the beginning and not sure how to play with others. But it’s something that only will be easier if you try it. 

And the most important thing is that it’s fun! It might seem daunting in the beginning, especially if you are at the beginning and not sure how to play with others. But it’s something that only will be easier if you try it. 

Even if you are experienced, you can feel more relaxed and be able to experiment and try new things around other people who are less experienced. And feel less pressure. Or you could help them out and they can help you to feel good about your playing too. 

  1. Find a guitar teacher 

Having a guitar teacher can help you find holes in your guitar playing. This can be a motivating thing! If you are more intermediate. So many people get stuck around barre chords, something that a guitar teacher should be able to solve easily. And they give up straight away when they get to that stage. So finding a guitar teacher would mean you can have a hobby for life, than something you did for a few months and stopped forever. 

I hope these few tips help you get pass whatever you are stuck with! There are so many more ways to get motivated about guitar playing. Follow this blog to check out more tips coming out soon that will help you with your guitar playing. …

Common Major Chords That Every Guitar Beginner Should Learn

If you’re learning guitar, guitar chords are the first thing you study. This is because it’s the basis of every piece of music. Every song you hear, no matter the genre, has some rhythmic pattern that you can follow. And that makes chords the basic part of learning guitar. 

When you begin learning, you’ll find so many chords. However, as a beginner, you need to learn the most basic chords. Get to understand the chords that are played in many songs. 

The chords are divided into two broad categories. There are major and minor chords. Most songs have a combination of major and minor songs. You need to learn both as a beginner. 

This article shares the major chords you need to learn as you begin training your guitar. 

  • C Major 

This is the first chord that most people begin with. It’s one of the easiest chords to hold and play. Note C is the root note for this chord. To play C major chord, hold string B on the first fret, D on the second fret, and A on the third fret. This gives you a combination of C notes with makes the C-Chord. 

  • G Major 

This is the second easiest chord to play. The goal is to hold a combination of G notes. To achieve this, hold the low E string (first from the top) on the third fret, then A on the second fret, and high E (first from the bottom) on the third fret. 

This will give you the G major chord. 

  • D Major 

The same concept applies when playing D major chord. Note D is the root note. And to play the chord, you hold the high E on the second fret, B on the third fret, and G on the second fret. This gives you a combination of D notes that 

  • F Major 

F major is another common chord that you shouldn’t miss to know. To play F major chord, hold B on the second Fret, G on the second fret, and D on the third fret. This gives a combination of F notes. It’s by far the easiest chord to hold and play.  

  • A Major 

Here is another simple chord to master how it looks. Everything is on the same fret. The only challenge is properly holding the three strings on the same fret and without messing with the other strings. To play A major chord, hold the string BGD on the second fret. 

  • E Major 

Lastly, E major chord is another commonly used Chord. It uses the same pattern F major chord uses but on different strings. To play E major chord, hold string G on the first fret, D on the second fret, and A on the second fret. This gives you a combination of E notes. 

Parting shot 

Once you learn how to play all these major chords, then it will be easy for you to play any song. This is because these are the most common chords in almost all songs.