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Old June 21st, 2011, 09:30 PM   #1 (permalink)
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how to loosen up fingers ??

Ive been attempting to play lead for about 4 years now, and getting betr all the time. But im having trouble getting my fingers loosened up. They cramp a lot. Does anyone have a suggestion or suggestions for finger exercises or something to get me out of this rutt ?? any help is appreciated ..thx

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Old June 21st, 2011, 09:39 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I like playing scales to loosen up.

Start out gradually, and progress to play some slower riffs. Progressively increase your speed until you are ready to go!

However, if the cramping is a medical issue your best bet would be to talk to your doctor.
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Old June 21st, 2011, 11:24 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I use chromatic exercises as a first warm up, then 3 on a string major scales...I do everything ascending and descending.

Of course, the biggest thing that freezes me up is not really knowing what I'm playing. Are we talking physical cramping here, or brain/finger disconnect?
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This will also lossen up toes and teeth as well.

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Old June 22nd, 2011, 02:51 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Righty tighty, lefty loosey!

Actually, I just clench and unclench my hands, then fingers, then roll the fingers a bit. I then just start playing some leads and chords. At my age it helps to take some ibu or another anti-inflammatory.
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I'll practice for 20 mins or so and by then i have my strings heated up for a fine tuning and then go for it.
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Old June 22nd, 2011, 08:53 PM   #7 (permalink)
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thx for all the tips. It doesnt help any that im a mechanic !!! I think I'll try more warm up exercises. I was told about hot then cold therapy to loosed fore arms. I think I will give that a shot as well ...
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Best finger stretcher.
Start around the 12th fret and do
--12---
-----13---
---------14----
-----------15-----
play them high to low.
Put all fingers down at once or "lay em as you play 'em.
Now slip the index finger down to 11 and leave the others.
Now slip the middle finger down to 12.
Then the ring down to 13...
You get it.
Slip one finger down at a time until you get 11,12,13,14.
Repeat the process.
As the frets get further apart, it's gets harder to stretch.
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Old June 22nd, 2011, 11:42 PM   #9 (permalink)
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The beginning sections of the Steve Vai 10 hour work out will get your fingers loose.
Here is a tabed version the pdf explains it better
Here is the PDF link
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