Relaxed Technique and Warming Up
As the winter here gets its last icy jabs in, one thing that has been on my mind a lot lately during practice is keeping my hands warmed up.
I've certainly been keeping my practice space (my apartment) warm from a thermostat perspective, but I still have problems keeping my hands warm and responsive. I've been adopting a relaxed, lighter touch on both hands that has helped me make notable strides in both my speed and accuracy, as well as decrease fatigue, but I can't help but wonder if the efficiency of my movement is decreasing my circulation since I am so relaxed.
I do plenty of warm up exercise before playing and stretch and massage my hands and forearms but it seems like the longer I play after my warm up the cooler the hands sometimes get (it probably doesn't help that I have pretty thin forearms). I guess I could always try fingerless gloves or something but I was wondering if anyone else struggled with this and what approaches they've tried to keep warm, since regular playing doesn't always seem to be enough!