There is a possibility of developing a repetitive strain injury when playing the guitar. Follow these guidelines to minimise the risks:

  • Make sure your hands are warm before you start practising. Perform some light stretching and move the hands around until they are warm. If they are unusually cold, you might want to wash your hands in some warm water to bring them back up to temperature.
  • If you feel any discomfort or pain when practising (especially in the wrist), stop immediately. Discomfort in the fingertips as you press down on the strings is normal, your fingers will adapt to this over time.
  • Keep your back as straight as possible.
  • Keep your feet flat on the floor.
  • If your back starts to ache when practising, stand up and practise.
  • Absolute beginners: keep your practice sessions short (5-10 minutes per day). Give your muscles a chance to develop before increasing your practice time.
  • Intermediate players: take regular breaks during long practice sessions.
  • Don’t put the plectrum in your mouth – choking hazard.
  • Beware of the sharp ends of the guitar strings located at the head of the guitar where the strings are wrapped around the tuning pillars.