I'm sure this topic has been discussed on various threads here, but I'm making it it's own thread. I've been learning for a while now on and off, as many of you know. My main gripe remains that I don't seem to progress past the level I'm at. And by that I mean, when I play the things I know, I STILL don't get it right. And by THAT I mean, sometimes the fretting hand falls on the right strings, other times, they miss them or just don't hit it enough for the note to ring out. I know it's normal to make mistakes, but I feel like my mistakes are more often than not. So, I'm trying to pay more attention to technique to correct those wrongs. Lately I've been noticing my fretting hand. Firstly, as mentioned in other threads of mine, I do experience some numbness on the first three fingers, which is the classic carpal tunnel symptoms. I am in the process of finding an orthopedic doctor to visit to determine what the exact cause is, because I'm tired of trying to work through it. Yes, I do stretches, but maybe not as consistently as I should Or maybe it's something else like a pinched nerve, so that's what I need to determine. Putting that aside however, I'm also wondering if my hand technique isn't part of the problem. I know it's not overall because the numb thing happens while doing other things besides guitar, so again, the doctor will come in handy for that. But as for guitar, how should the wrist be bent? I know this can be a topic of much debate, but just wondering what everyone's thoughts are. I am noticing lately my fretting hand is not straight, but slightly curved outward. I know this because I've been experiencing dry, almost callous like feeling on the outer edge of my left (fretting) index finger. And I notice this mostly when I do a barre chord, I can see the finger is slightly curved outward, so the outer edge of my index finger is holding the strings, not the flat part of the finger. I'm wondering if this maybe is part of the problem. Maybe it's a bad habit and now my wrist is used to that position, but I should try and straighten it out more. I also just noticed that when doing it my way, my arm is closer to my body, making the hand curve a bit. Extending my elbow away from the body makes the wrist more straight. I know there are many right and wrong ways to play, but I'm mostly concerned with not injuring myself. So if my technique is poor, I want to correct that now before it gets any worse.