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Leñador

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How do you stretch??? Really?? 

Not so much interested in what you SHOULD DO. More interested in what you actually do. We all know we should but do we do it as much as we should? I'm pretty sure I don't….and pretty sure I'm not alone.
I stretch for maybe 1 minute or so after 10 minutes of playing and then maybe again for a minute or two if I play an hour or longer.
What do you guys ACTUALLY do?

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NenadK

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RE: How do you stretch??? Really?? (in reply to Leñador

I don't really stretch very much. I probably should though. Only after I already start feeling some tension I'll stretch out the fingers one by one by holding my hand out in front of me with the palm to the ceiling and pushing each finger down towards the floor one by one.

I don't do this a lot though. I do a pretty good job of staying relaxed when I play. If I start to feel tense it's usually a sign I'm trying to play something faster than I'm ready. I usually practice in slow motion anyway.
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Miguel de Maria

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RE: How do you stretch??? Really?? (in reply to Leñador

I recently started stretching because of being sore after tennis. I use the stretches I found in a tennis book. It feels so good, especially to get the hips loosened up. I bet most guitarists' hips are terribly tight. I stretch my hands forward and back fairly often as well.

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jmb

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RE: How do you stretch??? Really?? (in reply to Leñador

Never. For left hand I usually start playin a classical song as 'lagrima', tarrega or 'romance anónimo' very slow, and I increase the difficult of playing progresively. For the righ hand... She is moving all the day doing compás. . My left arm is the most problematic.

Anyway I play old-style falsetas, my technique is crap and currently a I have few time to play (1 hour max). If I feel pain in any falseta (back, arm, hands,...)... I leave the instrument and start clapping.

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  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Nov. 14 2014 11:22:17
 
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RE: How do you stretch??? Really?? (in reply to Leñador

This has to be your gayest topic so far.
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RE: How do you stretch??? Really?? (in reply to Leñador

I stretch on a daily basis. It is not my fingers that I stretch though.
  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Nov. 14 2014 14:24:35
 
Leñador

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RE: How do you stretch??? Really?? (in reply to Leñador

I knew I wasn't so bad......

quote:

This has to be your gayest topic so far.

Just wait, next topic is gunna be nail care!

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  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Nov. 14 2014 15:14:59
 
Mark2

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RE: How do you stretch??? Really?? (in reply to Leñador

I remember Grisha wrote to stretch before, during and after. since reading that, I've done more stretching of fingers and hands during practice sessions. I also get up every 30 minutes or so to make sure I still can.
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kudo

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RE: How do you stretch??? Really?? (in reply to Bliblablub

quote:

I stretch on a daily basis. It is not my fingers that I stretch though.
ya that small thing , with the help of the blue pill??

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  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Nov. 15 2014 1:10:33
 
Miguel de Maria

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RE: How do you stretch??? Really?? (in reply to Mark2

Current exercise philosophy seems to say that you should only stretch after the muscles are warm, as cold muscles are prone to damage. That being said, Grisha.

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  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Nov. 15 2014 1:14:21
 
Aretium

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RE: How do you stretch??? Really?? (in reply to Miguel de Maria

quote:

I recently started stretching because of being sore after tennis. I use the stretches I found in a tennis book. It feels so good, especially to get the hips loosened up. I bet most guitarists' hips are terribly tight. I stretch my hands forward and back fairly often as well.


I have had to stop playing guitar because my left hip(disguised as lower back) is really tight and painful during the serve. I am at the moment managing it well and doing frequent exercise, will return to the guitar shortly hehe
  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Nov. 15 2014 1:58:20
 
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RE: How do you stretch??? Really?? (in reply to Sr. Martins

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This has to be your gayest topic so far.


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  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Nov. 15 2014 5:02:38
 
machopicasso

 

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RE: How do you stretch??? Really?? (in reply to Leñador

quote:

Not so much interested in what you SHOULD DO. More interested in what you actually do.


I do a little "finger yoga" to stretch every time I practice, and before I take the guitar out of the case. I also do it periodically after playing, and occasionally when I'm not with my guitar (e.g. at work). I think it helps alleviate the kind of stress that would otherwise incline me to crack my knuckles.
  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Nov. 15 2014 9:46:06
 
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RE: How do you stretch??? Really?? (in reply to estebanana

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Thanks

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  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Nov. 15 2014 13:56:01
 
guitarbuddha

 

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RE: How do you stretch??? Really?? (in reply to Leñador

I never stretch my hands. I never have any problems.

I say don't stretch except through playing.

Warm up by simply playing slowly and paying attention.

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  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Nov. 16 2014 2:09:08
 
davidheis_24

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RE: How do you stretch??? Really?? (in reply to Leñador

i sticky tape all fingers together so as not to use them in any way whatsoever during the day, this helps my fingers to build more of a relationship and only understand the guitar as all time is spent with it, and they wont get confused with doing other things
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RE: How do you stretch??? Really?? (in reply to Miguel de Maria

quote:

ORIGINAL: Miguel de Maria
That being said, Grisha.


What do you mean by that, M?
  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Nov. 16 2014 9:09:57
 
Miguel de Maria

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RE: How do you stretch??? Really?? (in reply to Blondie#2

Just a playful way of saying, anything Grisha recommends is worth trying.

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  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Nov. 17 2014 2:48:34
 
estebanana

 

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RE: How do you stretch??? Really?? (in reply to Leñador

I made video showing how I stretch, but it was undignified because I was wearing my pants that are too loose and I kept hiking them up. It looks really sloppy so I can't let you see it, even though I know you want to.

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  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Nov. 19 2014 3:56:10
 
Miguel de Maria

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RE: How do you stretch??? Really?? (in reply to estebanana

Refilm it while wearing your yoga pants.

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macskye

 

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RE: How do you stretch??? Really?? (in reply to Leñador

For the first time I've realised that stretching is probably pretty important. I've stopped playing for a couple of days now because of tension and a dull throb in my neck and beneath my shoulder blade. It can only be from guitar as I'm not working at the moment and so have had ample time (too much maybe) to just sit about playing guitar all day. More than I've ever had the chance to before really.

Whilst wrist and finger stretches would be important I think it would be silly to neglect your shoulders as that really is where the majority of your power comes from. Lower back too for that matter.

I'd love to know if anybody has made themselves a routine which targets these areas in as little as say 5-10 minutes?
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RE: How do you stretch??? Really?? (in reply to Leñador

In the warmer months I take out my mountain bike to keep my body from seizing up in a cross legged pose. In the winter I stay seized up in a crossed legged pose until I thaw out in spring.

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