Stiff wrist exercise

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    Hi Andrew. I wonder if you might have an exercise up your sleeve to help learn to relax the fretting wrist. I’m totally rigid and it gets sore fast. I know I’m not the only one on here with this problem. Help?

    Thank you!


    Hi Lisa, no exercise per se, but I can make a suggestion. The best advice I can offer is to be conscious of this every time you play. We should never have tension in our playing hands, but it is something I see a lot with beginners. And I think it’s because they are focused on so many other aspects of playing. This also extends to fretting too hard.


    I have that problem also. If you look at your left hand, palm side facing you with the thumb pointing at 10 o’clock. While playing, my thumb eventually goes to 2 o’clock and the more I remain in that position, the more I get a cramp in my lower left palm where the thumb meets the palm. I’m sure there must be some stretching exercises to get more flexibility and reach in that area. Maybe touching thumb to pinkie.

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