How To Eliminate Tension When You Play Guitar

Tommaso Zillio

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Every time you try to play faster on your guitar your hands get 'tense' and the more you push the worse it gets?

That is a very common situation for guitar players... and as you are probably painfully aware of, this tension makes it harder for you to play fast. So you try harder and push for speed, which in turn causes more tension, and the net result is that you are not able to play fast at all!

Of course the way to resolve excess tension is to relax it (thank you Captain Obvious!) But how can you relax your hands when your hands automatically get tense whenever you play faster? It's not like you have any control on it.

Better yet, how can you completely prevent this tension?

Well, I'm not going to say that it's going to be easy or that it will take only few minutes. But if you know the right exercises, it is completely possible to eliminate all excess tension - and it will not take years.

If you want to learn how to train your hands so that they will stay relaxed even when you play fast, watch this video.

Another thing that will make you play much faster is becoming familiar with scales, modes, arpeggios and the like on your guitar fretboard. To finally learn your guitar fretboard in a way that actually makes playing music easier, get the Master of the Modes course and enjoy real fretboard freedom.


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