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I’ve been using rest stroke picking seriously for at least the last 5-6 years and just recently feel like its really starting to click, maybe because I’ve been practicing more during this pandemic. It took me a LONG time to lighten up my touch and relax but recently its gotten much more comfortable to play at faster tempos and I can actually play some of Django’s heads and solos (also Bird stuff). The double down thing is now natural. However, even as I feel like I’ve never been more physically relaxed playing guitar, I am having frequent shoulder pain, on both sides but much more on my picking side. This is new to me.
Is this just something we go through? I played upright bass seriously for 8 years and I remember my hands hurting for a long time, then the pain went away, I guess when I finally got the technique down. I am 52 and in great shape but have had a lot of wear and tear on my body due to decades of playing music and periodic trade work.