Originally Posted by Josh Barton
Umm.. yes. 2-3 hours is great for practicing, but your arms *are* going to get tired. Just take a break. 5 minutes might even do the trick.
Every 5 minutes is not necessary ... a 10 minute break every hour is more reasonable ... make sure you stretch your arms and upperbody before any heavy practice, massaging your forearms, hands, chest and shoulders is good to and you can do this with every break ... make sure you properly warm up too, don't start shredding off hand - do some good 15 - 30 minute warmups before tackling any hard passages and what not. and remember to start slow and build up speed ... if you do all this it should take the pain away ( or at least minimize it )... I practice 6 or more hours a day so I know what your talking about ... and finally the most important thing STAY RELAXED
- stay as loose as you can try not to get tensed up, its easy to get injured if your too tense for too long ( I know someone that got tendonitis because of this and its not pretty ) ... good luck.