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Re: warmup/stretching


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Posted by Carol Kaye on June 08, 2000 at 01:49:13:

In Reply to: warmup/stretching posted by phyr on June 07, 2000 at 15:36:35:

: I've been playing for a few years, and I play a lot each day. However I've noticed that sometimes after I play, my ring finger and pinkie of my left hand will be twitching uncontrollably. A friend of mine who plays says its probably from not being properly warmed up. In the past I've always just played simpler songs to warm up before moving onto difficult complex songs. Could anybody give me any help on a warmup/hand stretching exercise to do before I play? I don't want to cause serious damage to my hands before I'm 20. Thanks...

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The ring finger and pinkie finger both share the same ligament. Take the ring off and see if you still have that problem. I doubt if lack of warmup is causing that. You can quickly warm up your fingers by pressing each finger individually against your left thumb for 3-4 seconds, that's enough warmup, and worked for me every time I went to a record date. No other warmup was necessary, not even for live playing. With studio work, you always played 3-4x harder than live. Anything constricting your fingers, wrist, etc. should be taken off when playing, including a snug wrist-watch.



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