| submitted by /u/webbiestcow226
I've been playing the guitar for a while now, yet I think I might've been playing it wrong for all these years. I tend to bend my left wrist between 30° and 90° when I'm playing stuff on the lower frets like power chords or stuff that requires me to stretch my hand by using my pinky finger alongside my index.
A few days ago I had slightly hurt my wrist trying to master a song with a bunch of pull-offs. I let my wrist rest for a few days after, as I felt a slight pain and numbness along my pinky up to my wrist. The pain and numbness are completely gone, however, I'm worried I might be doing something severely wrong that could cause permanent damage to my wrist/hand.
I've been trying to keep my wrist as straight as I could these past days while playing, but it severely limits how far I can reach on the guitar and it's almost impossible to play on the lower frets this way. It even hurts other parts of my arm doing so after a while.
So how much is your left wrist actually allowed to bend while playing? And how do you keep your wrists straight while trying to reach the lower frets on the E and A strings?