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fret hand wrist bend issues, w/ video

Discussion in 'Technique [BG]' started by IAmTheDood, Feb 18, 2014.

  1. IAmTheDood

    IAmTheDood Shake and Bake

    Dec 15, 2006
    Waterford, MI
    Hi guys,

    I've been playing for about 7 years now.. no instruction, learned on my own.. After only playing off and on last couple of years I got back involved last fall and have really dove in learning a lot of new tunes.

    Now, I know my way around the fret board.. but after posting some vids of myself, to me, I just seem very tight in the wrist, it just seems like somethings off in my wrist bends, positioning of fingers when reaching low frets.. etc..

    Anybody got any tips? .. strap height? .. bass position? etc..?

    I made this tonight.. I've been working on it off and on for a few weeks, still a few issues with catching the right notes..

    Myself playing Sir Duke by Stevie Wonder
  2. INTP


    Nov 28, 2003
    Dallas, TX
    It's good that you're addressing the tension. If you're tense, it will be hard to play fluidly, and you're also more prone to injury.

    Try moving your elbow away from your body more when playing the lower frets. Your shoulder may take some time to gain some strength, but that might help relax your wrist when playing in that area.

    Also, this video has some good ideas: