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I have pain in my left arm while playing guitar. iam a newbie. is it normal? iam learning from online tutorials.

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ur left arm pain cannot happen due to playing guitar..only fingures can feel the pain
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It is always better learning anything from the professionals at least the beginning level. Then you go for online you will see wonderful results.
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12 years teaching exp Professor in medical sciences ,USMLE consultant and trainer,ProGuitar teacher

When it pains you have to rest a while. Wrong techniques can cause injuries.
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First you need to follow the basic instructions : Sitting position, Holding the Guitar and Finger and Hand Positions which are very very important for any Instrument Player. See that your Left hand thumb remains straight when you are moving other fingers on the fret board and also have to maintain... read more
First you need to follow the basic instructions : Sitting position, Holding the Guitar and Finger and Hand Positions which are very very important for any Instrument Player. See that your Left hand thumb remains straight when you are moving other fingers on the fret board and also have to maintain the gap between your Palm and the Guitar Neck as much as possible. You can Google the images of the Left hand position easily. But there is no short cut for Music...!! read less
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Guitarist, IT Software Programming Languages

It's normal, after some time you won't feel the pain.
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Experienced Professional Computer & Vocal music Teacher

its absolutely normal. you are new. its like gym. in future it will not happen
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hii there..its good to see you are learning guitar yourself that means you have intention to learn it....but what i learned in my professional career is that if u start learning the wrong way then it will be very difficult to go back and start learning the right way...my suggestion is that you go ahead... read more
hii there..its good to see you are learning guitar yourself that means you have intention to learn it....but what i learned in my professional career is that if u start learning the wrong way then it will be very difficult to go back and start learning the right way...my suggestion is that you go ahead and search for a good guitar instructor...and for the pain thing, it is kind of normal because the muscles are stretching so you better keep going but remember do not put any strain on the muscles.what i mean to say is that, do not stiff your hands or fingers...let them be loose and relaxed...remember always focus on quality not quantity...hope you get my point...all the best for your future read less
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Maby u hav a weak muscle. Normaly we dont feel pain on arms. If u feel like the pain is from your muscles.. then dont worry.. keep on playing... but the pain is from finger tips. Thays not n issue.. there r no guitaris in the world who dont face that problm... s long s u feel like the pain is from muscles..... read more
Maby u hav a weak muscle. Normaly we dont feel pain on arms. If u feel like the pain is from your muscles.. then dont worry.. keep on playing... but the pain is from finger tips. Thays not n issue.. there r no guitaris in the world who dont face that problm... s long s u feel like the pain is from muscles.. give some.. rest n keep playing.. ull learn the guitar before u knew it.. n ur hand will not feel any pain.. once the muscle has develop. Like a guitarist hand.. keep playing... all d best with ur guitar.. read less
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I hav a student that hav a same issue. Its female. So her problm was weak muscle.. plople hav weak muscle and strong muscle naturaly.. so long s u dont feel pain on joints bons.. ur gud to go.. keep playing give ir muscle some rest not much... but enough to regain strange.. dont stop forget about what... read more
I hav a student that hav a same issue. Its female. So her problm was weak muscle.. plople hav weak muscle and strong muscle naturaly.. so long s u dont feel pain on joints bons.. ur gud to go.. keep playing give ir muscle some rest not much... but enough to regain strange.. dont stop forget about what people sad.. guitar never kill people or hrm people... keep playing ur mistake will teach u more.. explore more about guitar feel free to practice any style of playing or improvised ur own.... n my suggestions will b... learn some scales. N every day. Play it for 3 4 times.. in different style like legatos and all.. this will help u built ur arms muscle.. n transform ur hand into guitarist hand... evan do u like to play only chords n sing song if that is ur gold of playing guitar also.. plz.. play some scale that will help u stronger ur muscle n mak ir finger strong... play it every day... ull feel the difference.. belive it... read less
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Certified Guitarist & Music Composer with 18yrs of experience in music industry

Hi, well I never felt any pain at the initial stage. May be I was under the right guidance. So all you need to do is, make yourself comfortable with the instrument first. Always sit still, your back bone should be errect enough while playing the guitar. Never rest your back bone. Although your guitar... read more
Hi, well I never felt any pain at the initial stage. May be I was under the right guidance. So all you need to do is, make yourself comfortable with the instrument first. Always sit still, your back bone should be errect enough while playing the guitar. Never rest your back bone. Although your guitar will be touching your chest so you can feel the instrument while playing. I guess you're resting your left hand on your lap. This brings pain to your arm. You should never rest it on your lap, reason - you can't move your wrist and fingers easily over fret board while playing. Check, how spanish guitar players sit and play guitar. Don't follow the exact pattern however it gives you an idea on how to hold it and you can avoid bringing pain to your left hand as well. I hope my way of approach and my examples help you in learning the instrument. Cheers \m/ read less
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