Q&A: Octaves and Tendonitis
I've been experimenting with jazz on the guitar for a while now. How do I play octaves with a plectrum? (Makes me go green whenever I put Ritenour on my stereo :-) ) I can only accomplish it with my fingers. Second, how do correct my intonation on my guitar? When I removed all the strings at once to change them, I don't think I've put the bridge in the correct position. I'm not sure what model my Washburn is, but it says Montgomery on the headstock. :-)
Chok, Wes played octaves with only his thumb. I think it sounds better that way. So don't sweat it. As far as intonation, find out your scale length (usually 24 to 25 inches) and measure that from the nut down the length of the string. Wherever that number comes up is where you put the bridge. And from now on, change one string at a time!
What can we guitar players do to avoid tendonitis or any kind of condition in our hands that may make us unable to play in
The biggest preventative is proper hand technique when playing. Shorten your strap so the guitar hangs in the same place on your body as when you sit. Warm up before practicing and playing. And for us computer geeks, take time away from the keyboard. Computers are rough on wrists. One warm up that works for me is to run scales for a few minutes and then let your arms hang at your sides to let the blood back into your hands. Another one is to stretch your wrists back (gently). As with most things, don't overdo it.