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how to loosen up fingers ??

Discussion in 'Tab, Tips, Theory and Technique' started by thornstar, Jun 21, 2011.

  1. thornstar

    thornstar TDPRI Member

    14
    Apr 13, 2011
    carbondale, il
    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
     
  2. acousticman1

    acousticman1 Tele-Meister

    335
    May 24, 2011
    Minnesota
    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.
     
  3. jazztele

    jazztele Poster Extraordinaire

    Sep 19, 2006
    chicago
    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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  5. boneyguy

    boneyguy Doctor of Teleocity

    Age:
    58
    Mar 31, 2007
    victoria b.c. CANADA
    This will also lossen up toes and teeth as well.

    [​IMG]
     
  6. Direwolf

    Direwolf Tele-Meister

    160
    Nov 16, 2009
    Louisiana
    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.
     
  7. 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.
     
  8. thornstar

    thornstar TDPRI Member

    14
    Apr 13, 2011
    carbondale, il
    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 ...
     
  9. charlie chitlin

    charlie chitlin Poster Extraordinaire

    Age:
    54
    Mar 17, 2003
    Spring City, Pa
    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.
     
  10. gearhead1972

    gearhead1972 Tele-Meister

    310
    Nov 25, 2010
    Carmel NY
    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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