4 Highly Effective Ways To Practice Guitar When You Have An Injury
By Ryan Popovic
Practice Method #1 - Practice with only one hand
The first way we can practice with an injury is to practice only with the uninjured hand. If your picking hand is injured, play only with your fretting hand. This allows you to fully focus on what your fretting fingers are doing, efficiency of motion, and hand placement.
Some things to look for when practicing with the fretting hand only:
• Are my fingers coming too far off the fretboard?
• Is my thumb on the back of the neck instead of wrapped around the top (excluding bends or vibrato)?
• Are my knuckles parallel to the strings (instead of at an angle)?
This is also a great time to practice slides, hammer-on’s, and pull-off’s.
What if your fretting hand is injured? If possible, with the fretting hand mute your strings. Here we want to pay lots of attention to string skipping, picking with proper upstrokes and downstrokes, and picking efficiency.