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warm-up stretches (finger pickers)

Discussion in 'Technique [BG]' started by tallicabassist0, Sep 27, 2008.

  1. tallicabassist0


    Feb 16, 2005
    do any of you do any warm up stretches on your finger picking hand to enhance your stamina before playing live?

    i have recently started doing little stretching things on my wrist and fingers and noticed it helps

    if you do, what kind of stretches do you do?
  2. ysand


    Mar 26, 2005
    I do when it's cold and i don't feel my hands warm enough.
  3. cnltb


    May 28, 2005
    I tend to do scales , arpeggios etc, to warm up before most gigs.
  4. uethanian


    Mar 11, 2007
    not sure if this makes sense, but: i do a few plucks at the bridge, as hard as i can. afterwards, it makes playing with a light or medium touch effortless

    kindof like if you warm up on upright, electric bass will feel effortless...or if you lift a really heavy weight, the lighter ones will feel easy. something like that.
  5. bwv1013


    Mar 20, 2008
    southern cal
    forearm stretches for sure.
  6. Start off by playing a scale from low E to high high G with slow quarter notes (40 bpm) and a light touch. Play each note 4 times and make sure volume and tone is consistent. Next, I do the same thing, but sixteenth notes at around 90-100 bpm and 16 times on each note, again with a very light touch.

    This gets my blood flowing, my fingers working, and prevents me from playing at an unsustainable level the whole show.

    For the fretting hand, I'll run chromatic scales, seventh chords up and down the neck, or ascending and descending thirds of a scale if my fingers are cold.

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