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by Jack Grassel
Michael Jordan's high school basketball coach suggested that Michael give up trying to play the game. Mr. Jordan discovered years later that he needed to work on his movements. He said in his book:
"If you practice something the wrong way 8 hours a day, you will become very good at doing something the wrong way."
I hear from a lot of players who practice all day and never improve. I also hear from many players who have wrist, arm, finger, and back problems. When I hear that, I always ask to see what they are doing. Most of the time, the guitar is held incorrectly, with arms and bodies in strange contortions (in addition to practicing the wrong material the wrong way). I tell them to "freeze", holding the position. I then remove the guitar and hold up a mirror so they can see how uncomfortable they look. I then ask them to hold the position for five minutes and observe the pain. After this exercise, they see that there is a problem and want to fix it.
I have helped students (or professionals who should be playing better) to get into a comfortable position which can be held for many hours without pain, and put the guitars (with straps) on them, enabling them to play without changing the position. I have been creating a science of balancing a guitar through moving the strap buttons to tailor the guitar to the person playing it. Wrists, back and neck work best when straight.
"I CAN'T ACCEPT NOT TRYING"
by Michael Jordan (We don't carry this book but it's readily available online.)