Avoid Injuring Your Hands When Playing Guitar

You're in the middle of a super fun and inspiring jam when all of a sudden your hands cramp up and you have to put your instrument down. Has this happened to you? How can you stop this from happening?

I've been both teaching and playing music for a while now, and in that time I have encountered many players who don't know how to take care of their hands. Often I will see them over-stretch to reach a chord, or play a line the wrong way without knowing any better.

These are the people that tend to neglect their hands all together just hoping that if they ignore the problem long enough that it will somehow resolve itself.

Incorrect playing technique can put players at serious risk of carpal tunnel, tendonitis, or other harmful injuries.

No shame to you if you are one of these kind of players, as I was once a guitarist who played improperly too. This first hand experience taught me just how important it is to take care of yourself. In my video below I am going share with you ways that you can keep your hands strong and healthy when playing.

Tommaso Zillio is a professional prog rock/metal guitarist and composer based in Edmonton, AB, Canada.

Tommaso is currently working on an instrumental CD, and an instructional series on fretboard visualization and exotic scales. He is your go-to guy for any and all music theory-related questions.

Tommaso Zillio