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Fretting hand cramps....

Discussion in 'Technique [BG]' started by DeepCalls2Deep, Jan 5, 2006.

  1. DeepCalls2Deep


    Jun 25, 2005
    East Texas
    Wednesday night during church, I was playing some simple chords... (not sure of the technical name... the chord was rootnote+a 5th of that note.. one string down, 2 frets up)

    Anywho, I played these chords for probably... 10 minutes? (this was at the end of a 30 minute set)and my hand started cramping fairly bad. I know my technique is not good by any means... never had a lesson, so I just make it up as I go.

    My question is, has anyone else experienced these cramps while fretting chords? and what can I do about it? I am not even sure what proper fret hand technique is, or if I am pressing to hard, or if I should let off the frets some. I was sliding the notes, trying for continous sustain, so I almost never let up...

    thanks for any help you an give!
  2. JimmyM


    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Ampeg Amps, EMG Pickups
    Those are your standard double stops, best fingered with a 1-4 approach so your hand doesn't have to do a lot of stretching.