Wrist Cramping & Guitars

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Wrist cramping and guitars seem to go hand in hand, but they certainly don't have to. Learn about wrist cramping and guitars with help from an award-winning, critically-acclaimed musician in this free video clip.

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Hi, my name is Jessica Delfino. I am a Performer and Musician in New York City. I teach guitar and I teach ukulele. You can find more information about that at yourocknyc.com; that's y-o-u-r-o-c-k-n-y-c.com. Today, we're going to talk about wrist cramping and playing guitar. So, if you've never played guitar before or you haven't been playing for awhile and you notice that your wrists are starting to hurt a little bit, we're going to talk about some ways that you can maybe help alleviate that. So, there are a couple of things that you can do. There are the sort of like squishy stressful things that I strongly recommend to my students. And what they are, you know, they come in balls or jelly animal shape things and you just kind of squeeze them on a regular basis. It can build up some of the muscles and things through your hands and your fingers and your wrists. Those are really handy. Also you might see those kind of big mussy, muscly, like Jack dudes and they have those like squeezy things and they'll be like, "Ohh", like those. Those are really handy too. They're kind of a shape like a, like a triangle or something like that and you grip them with your hands and you can squeeze them. And those are also helpful for your hands and your wrists. Now, another thing is you might be actually making your chords in a way that's putting extra stress on your hands and your wrists. So, if you're making a chord, basically, I really recommend this sort of crutch of your hand right here to be kind of close to the neck. And then you, when you make your chords, you've got a little bit of room there for your fingers. Now, some people try to do things like where they're bending their wrists way up like this and obviously if you feel pain or stress on your wrists, there's a chance you might be doing something wrong. So, take a minute, shake out your wrists a little bit and try it again. So, basically, like I said, I, I like to keep my crook of my hand there, kind of close to the neck and then that gives me room to move my fingers around. And a lot of people actually don't know this, but, your thumb, you can use in the back to help adjust your, your hands to go to your chords and that can help you get a really good grip that's not too stressful on your wrists as well. Lots of luck to you, happy playing, thanks for watching.

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