Painful fret hand cramps
I've been practicing for a couple of hours after work lately, and I spent about four hours on and off yesterday working on some new songs. Today, I woke up with a sore hand, and had to stop playing after just a few minutes. It's worst at the base of my thumb (on the palm side) and around my little finger; the latter I can probably chalk up to repeated practice of a fast riff where I'm reaching for one note with my pinky rather than shifting my hand.
I've been stretching a little before practice with many of the same exercises I use in warming up for martial arts. Is there a particular set of stretches I should be doing? Or something to help my hand recover? I'm assuming that I should rest it and read about music theory instead tonight.
if you're not used to play for that long ... well duh! and your technique may be ok for short period of time but on a long stretch it is asking too much
also a good warm up and a cool down is very important
You say you were practicing "on and off". So you are obviously taking breaks during the long practice session. This is important IMO.
I dont know what stretches you use for martial arts, but here are some for the bass. Spend two or three minutes doing these, then pick up the bass and ease in gently and slowly with some chromatic exercises high on the neck. Do the stretches before and after each practice session.
Make sure you are well hydrated and are not playing on an empty stomach.
You may also need to have another look at your technique.
For now, I'd rest the hand for a day or so. When you start back, take regular rest periods if playing over a long time.
Hope this helps. :)
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