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Grisha

 

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Hand warmup without the guitar 

Hello, friends! I just recorded a video with a helpful 5 minute hand warmup without the guitar. Works well if you don't have a chance to play before performing. Start with 10-20 reps of each of these exercises for he initial warmup and then go back and do everything again this time with 50-100 reps each. The first 3 exercises are the most important ones. Do them at a fast tempo for best workout.



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Stu

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RE: Hand warmup without the guitar (in reply to Grisha

nice grisha thanks mate!
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RE: Hand warmup without the guitar (in reply to Grisha

Awesome! Thanks for that Grisha. you're extremely fast with opening and closing the hand! I can tell your arm is really muscular, do you lift weights also? If so, does that help with endurance? Also, do you so similar warm ups with the left hand? Thanks again, you're great and are an inspiration!

Paul
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Grisha

 

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RE: Hand warmup without the guitar (in reply to Grisha

Thank you, friends! I try to stay away from weights because I feel that while helping the stamina, they slow me down and take some of the musical receptiveness out of my playing. Please do these exercises with BOTH HANDS at the same time.

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RE: Hand warmup without the guitar (in reply to Grisha

Thanks Grisha!

Cripes! You're fast too even with these exercises.

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  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date May 27 2010 11:37:44
 
Elie

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RE: Hand warmup without the guitar (in reply to Grisha

Thank you so much
your vids are the best and the most beneficial ones ever I always enjoy learning from them.
yea I've been told that lifting weights will affect my ability to play the guitar :S
Grisha I hope you don't mind my question but I want to ask you how do you warm up "with" the guitar ?
thank you so much again.

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  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date May 27 2010 11:44:10
 
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RE: Hand warmup without the guitar (in reply to Grisha

thanks grish! im going to try them
you have got huge muscular forearms btw

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  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date May 27 2010 12:02:26
 
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RE: Hand warmup without the guitar (in reply to Grisha

Very sensible and natural exercises to do Grisha...

Thanks again for your insight and wisdom on these matters!

cheers,

Ron
  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date May 27 2010 12:14:16
 
Grisha

 

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RE: Hand warmup without the guitar (in reply to Grisha

Thank you, thank you...

DarkElieDraven, the warmup routine really depends on how much time you have at your disposal. There are tons of exercises. However, one of the best things you can do before performing (and it's not obvious) is play a piece of music very softly and very slowly.

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  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date May 27 2010 12:31:27
 
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RE: Hand warmup without the guitar (in reply to Grisha

Grisha, you ROCK! Are you telling me that you got to having such forearms SOLELY out of playing guitar? Never ever done any weight lifting?

Here is something I think you will enjoy (as well as everyone else). I saw these when I was studying for my final exams, and I wanted to start doing them but forgot. Your video reminded me.

http://www.youtube.com/user/lgiugno#g/u

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  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date May 27 2010 12:36:52
 
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RE: Hand warmup without the guitar (in reply to Grisha

quote:


DarkElieDraven, the warmup routine really depends on how much time you have at your disposal. There are tons of exercises. However, one of the best things you can do before performing (and it's not obvious) is play a piece of music very softly and very slowly.

thank you
cheers !!

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  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date May 27 2010 12:37:24
 
Grisha

 

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RE: Hand warmup without the guitar (in reply to Grisha

Thanks, Ramzi! I used to do weight lifting. That's how I know the way it affects the playing. But right now my muscles are primarily a result of hours of playing.

By the way, those are some interesting videos in your link! Thanks a lot!

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  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date May 27 2010 12:42:12
 
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quote:

By the way, those are some interesting videos in your link! Thanks a lot!


Glad to be of service.

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  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date May 27 2010 12:50:14
 
Elie

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Damn!!! Ramzi that guy is a machine hahaha
he even adds some robotic sounds to his clips :P

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  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date May 27 2010 13:00:32
 
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RE: Hand warmup without the guitar (in reply to Grisha

I like these exercises. They are very helpful. I also notice that having a small glass of wine a half an hour before a performance is good too. I do occasional private parties and that is what i do but these are very good as well. Before a performance as opposed to playing in a bedroom, house, couch, etc.., the blood goes towards the center of the body and the hands get cold. So the wine helps alot with of course warming up if you have a chance. If you do not have an instrument, these are great.
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I found alcohol to be a very unreliable source of warmup and stage fright suppressor. Sometimes at a party I would drink some and feel relaxed, pumped and musical and it's a great feeling. But more often my fingers would simply become lazy and fatigued, and in those cases I really sound my absolute worst. But that is just me.

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  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date May 27 2010 13:32:14
 
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Well the key here is I said a SMALL glass of wine 1/2 before the performance. Everybody is different though.
  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date May 27 2010 14:57:16
 
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RE: Hand warmup without the guitar (in reply to Grisha

Just an update. Make sure that you relax between the exercises to prevent muscle overwork. You don't have to do 50-100 reps for the thumb exercise, that may be to exhausting. Mix these exercises with stretches. A stretching video is coming shortly.

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  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date May 27 2010 18:56:12
 
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RE: Hand warmup without the guitar (in reply to Grisha

Thank you so much, Grisha. Is this a routine you structured yourself, or are the exercises sourced from any specific authority?

I ask because I find it interesting that you open-stretch your hand and fingers and then quickly fold it with your fingers reaching outside your palm, as opposed to folding/rolling into your palm, in a fist formation. Also you recommend that such movement be repeated in quick successions. The orthopedic surgeons I saw about my condition, recommended a slow stretch, holding the extend fingers out and later, slowly folding them into a fist.

However, I suppose the more exercise and warm up the more unlikely the injury. Since I suffered the consequences of my lack of proper muscle preparation, I am quite sensitive to this subject.

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  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date May 27 2010 20:21:20
 
Grisha

 

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You are welcome! These are the exercises I discovered myself. That being said, I am not suggesting that I am the only one on this planet with the knowledge about these simple exercises. I am sure people have discovered these before me. I am just unaware of these individuals. So far, I have to say that the execises work extremely well. But I want to ask all of you to try them out and tell me if there is a flaw somewhere. These are a couple of weeks fresh and I am planning to refine them further.

gj, I just saw your addendum. These are not stretches, these are just exercises for your fingers that work in the same way as lifting weights. If you have problems with your hand muscles, I suggest that you take it easy on these, as I cannot support my finds with any research at this time. Let me know how these work for you. Thanks!

By the way, the second exercise rolls the fingers into the palm.

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  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date May 27 2010 20:35:31
 
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RE: Hand warmup without the guitar (in reply to Grisha

Cool !!!
Thanks

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gj Michelob

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quote:

gj, I just saw your addendum. These are not stretches, these are just exercises for your fingers that work in the same way as lifting weights. If you have problems with your hand muscles, I suggest that you take it easy on these, as I cannot support my finds with any research at this time. Let me know how these work


I am definitely incorporating these in my rotation of warm-ups, thank you Grisha. You are indeed a talented musician, but also have a remarkably altruistic disposition. Undoubtedly a great teacher, as well. With Jason, Ricardo and Todd, you are one of the four pillars of this foro –in my book.

APOLOGY:
Off topic for a moment, I want to seize this opportunity and offer an apology. I once wrote that I found your musicianship lacking in passion, and overly mechanic. I later realized that such perception was conjured by my ignorance. As I learn more about flamenco and about guitar in general I find that you too have learned so much since -teasing, of course-

Your work is truly inspiring.

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Grisha

 

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gj, thank you for your words! And there is absolutely no need to apologize for anything at all, I don't dwell on such things (read my youtube comments). I am very glad you like my playing! I wish I were as important a contributor to this forum as the people you mentioned, but I am either very present or entirely absent. It has to do with my schedule. But I try to do what I can when I am available.

Shroomy, I am very glad you like these exercises. I would be very interested in getting feedback from you after you've tried them a few times. As for knuckle cracking... I used to do it a lot when I was a kid. Now they don't even crack anymore unless something is wrong. I think it gives you a bit more flexibility and ease of movement. But I would refer to medical studies before I started doing them regularly.

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  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date May 28 2010 8:45:45
 
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RE: Hand warmup without the guitar (in reply to Grisha

Thanks a lot Grisha!
Just like Shroomy, I need quite a lot warm up to get that control over my hands. I've just watched Your video, did it together with You, and feel it's great! I think I'm gonna include these exercises in my everyday routine! I've been doing 2 of them by my own so far, but not in this organized manner.

Awaiting for Your streching video!
  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date May 28 2010 22:51:22
 
Elie

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I just couldn't stop my self from thankin you again .
yesterday I had a little party or a gig I dunno wat its name is, anyway I had to perform on the stage and I didn't get the chance to touch my guitar before I go up so all wat I did is using your method and ur exercises for about 2->3 minutes and bingo my hand specially picado was on fire
¡Olé!

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  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date May 28 2010 23:31:43
 
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RE: Hand warmup without the guitar (in reply to Grisha

Thank you Grisha, it worked for me!

I'm like jg7238 with the wine. I had three gigs these three last days, and I used wine to get more blood in my fingers.

But I just tried your method, and it works very good. Plus it doesn't cost anything and there are no risk of going overboard with the wine like this.

I won't do the 100 reps tho, the 20 (5mins) worked very good and my muscles were already on fire.

Thanks again
  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date May 29 2010 7:13:07
 
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RE: Hand warmup without the guitar (in reply to Grisha

It's good stuff. Thanks. Just something to watch for if you record more like this...The volume is really low on this video. (I don't think it's just me)








Sort of related... kind of the opposite...

Some times after intense manual labour my hands will feel like big slabs of meat. Not quite swollen, but they feel incapable of doing delicate, precise quick movements.



Does anyone have experience with this and what do you do?

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RE: Hand warmup without the guitar (in reply to Grisha

Forearm muscles is mostly genetic, i know alot of people who doesnt do any kind of exercise but have huge forearms.
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ouch! my arm is burning now!!
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