Playing guitar is a beautiful way of expressing yourself and letting your creativity flow. But have you ever considered what parts of your body it’s the hardest on? That’s right, your fingers and hands.
It’s easy to get excited when first learning the art of playing guitar and over-do yourself. The Metronome app by Soundbrenner is an invaluable resource for musicians with built-in reminders, practice tracking, and much more! Remember that while some soreness is a natural part of any new activity, pain should never be ignored.
Finger stretches for guitar players are a must to retain muscle tone and increase elasticity and flexibility. Just as a ballerina must regularly stretch and practice to stay in optimal performance condition. Achy shoulders and throbbing fingers will ultimately affect your jamming sessions negatively.
Show your hands the love they deserve for allowing you to practice your craft by trying these finger stretches for guitar players on for size:
Hold one finger at a time with your thumb and index finger. Gently pull forward while rotating your finger back and forth. This gentle massage will help with stiffness and make your fingers supple. Massage all fingers one by one, taking care to exert moderate pressure and pull.
We’ve named this one the Buddha stretch because of its resemblance and Zen-like relaxation it gives your achy fingers and side tendons!
Join palms flat in front of your chest and slowly push them together while descending them down. Taking care to keep palms joined, hold the position for 15 seconds. Then gently roll your wrist so that your fingers point towards the ground. If you feel pain, don’t extend your hands any further.
Extend your arm in front of you as you would stop a car or taxi. Now interlock the other hand’s fingers with your extended hand and pull backward till you feel them slightly stretch. Hold the position for half a minute before repeating it for your other hand.
These stretches will not only soothe your hands but your shoulders and back as well.
Stand in a comfortable spot and take a few deep breaths to relax your body and muscles completely. Hang your arms nice and lose at the sides. Shake your hands and let your fingers fly about, keeping your elbows complexly relaxed.
This super simple shake reenergizes your fingers before and after your practice sessions. It gets your blood pumping again and helps with the delayed onset of soreness.
Playing guitar is all about how you refine your skill through practice. Make sure to check out these great practice tips for beginners. Having the right gear, such as the Soundbrenner Core, can elevate your groove sessions and help you make the most of your time.
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