I’m at my first year in Medical School, and fortunately we don’t have summer classes in our school. I have started practicing the guitar using the "Jamorama" tutorial, and I have been going at it at all my waking moments (almost 8 hours a day).
I am concerned with the adverse effects of continuous practicing like carpal tunnel syndrome, tendonitis, etc.. So to remedy that I pace my practice sessions and I do finger exercises on the fretboard when I feel that my fingers are no longer limber.
My usual pattern is: 1 hour practice then a 15-30 minute break. I don’t feel any bumps or painful spots along my hand. And after sleeping my hands are still able to play like before.
I really would like to learn how to play the guitar after our 2 month vacation. After our vacation my attention will all be focused on my medical studies. which explains the pace of my practice sessions. I’ve searched the internet about this and I haven’t found a good schedule to follow for this kind of intensive study.
Thank you for replying and for the help.
All good guitarists have practiced for 8 hours a day for months at a time at some point in their life, without permanent damage. Just make sure you have good posture. You might also want to try one of those wrist bands that tennis players use. Jamorama is great, good choice. You might also want to try the Carcassi Method exercises if you have any interest in fingerstyle/classical playing.