Physical Warm Up Exercises For Guitar Players

Physical Warm Up Exercises For Guitar Players

Physical Warm Up Exercises For Guitar Players

When we play the guitar, and/or any instrument that demands repetition and precision, we put our bodies under stresses that can cause all sorts of aches and pains that can, in extreme cases, cause RSI (Repetitive Strain Injury), Carpel Tunnel and Ganglion Cysts.

Please visit the NHS Direct website for more information about these conditions.

http://www.nhsdirect.nhs.uk

We are taught early on in school to warm up before taking part in any physical activity, like, say; running, or a gym class. So why not do so when we begin practicing or performing our instrument?

These four physical warm up exercises are simple and easy to remember. Try them out!

Exercise #1

Figer Star Jumps

Hand Star Jumps

Hand Star Jumps

Spread your fingers and thumb in a star shape, nice and wide and then release.

Repeat 5 times on each hand.

Exercise #2

Rolling Your Wrists

Rolling Your Wrists

Rolling Your Wrists

Roll your wrists clockwise and anticlockwise.

Repeat 5 times on each wrist.

Exercise #3

Stretching your Tendon and Forearm

Stretching your Tendon and Forearm

Stretching your Tendons and Forearm

Place one hand over the other and gently push down on to your fingertips, hold for 5 seconds and release.

Repeat 5 times on each hand.

Exercise #4

Stretching your Fingers and Thumbs

Stretching your Fingers and Thumbs

Stretching Fingers and Thumbs

Place two fingers on to your thumb and gently push down, hold for 5 seconds and release.

Repeat this for each finger. Repeat 5 times on each hand.

Remember

Shake out your hands between each exercise and if any aches and pains persist please contact your doctor immediately. Please note: I am not a qualified doctor and these exercises have not been recommended by a doctor.

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About Richard Perkins

Richard Perkins is the founder of Bath Guitar School and has worked for the International Guitar Foundation, Brit Awards, Rockschool, B&NES Council, Mid Somerset Festival, Bath Music Plus, and appeared on BBC and ITV television and radio programming as well as being featured in Guitar Techniques, Total Guitar, Venue, Bath Life magazines and the Bath Chronicle newspaper. Richard is a graduate of the Commercial Music degree programme at Bath Spa University and has a HND in Popular Music from Oxford College.
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