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    Warming up

    Just wanted to get an idea of how long people spend warming up. My practice time is limited (life keeps getting in the way ). I get done practicing and what I find happening is I've spent more time warming up and working on technique related items than actually playing music or learning a new song.

    Just wanted to get your thoughts, thanks.
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    I really am not very good at warming up. If I do, I'd do some AP chromatic runs to start up my right hand (6th string 5-6-7-8 followed by 5th string 5-6-7-8 etc and back. Increasing the speed graduately. Playing only the left hand 1st and 2nd finger of this (now just partly) chromatic run, then 2nd and 3rd, then 3 and 4th, then 1st and 3rd, then 2nd and 4th really gets my left hand good and warm. Then I'll do some stretching by chord playing (arp's if you like) Eadd9, Dadd9, Bm add9, Dadd9, etc... With 2 min for warm up, this should cover some important aspects I'm told. I belive these warm up ideas has their origin from Steve Morse.

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    I tabbed out some elements of these warm up exercises mentioned above.
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    This may or may not be useful, but I have a piano book that recommends soaking your hands in warm water and doing some finger stretches before playing to limber up the tendons. I know by "warmup" you meant exercises, but I had never thought about this aspect before reading the book.
    I have mild arthritis in my little finger knuckles, and playing in general keeps them from being sore. When my hands get cold they start to hurt, so the warm water is an easy way to really get them ready.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Madaxeman
    This may or may not be useful, but I have a piano book that recommends soaking your hands in warm water and doing some finger stretches before playing to limber up the tendons.
    I have been given this recommendation also, not only before playing, but also as often as possible.... so now I'm doing the dishes voluntary basis

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    I heard Satch does that before every show, soaking his hands and forearms in warm to hot water in order to loosen up the muscles and sinews.
    Regarding doing dishes, heīs not really fond of that before a show cuz it might soften the callusses =)

    Back to the original question, it depends on how I feel on a given day, how warm it is etc. Also, I split up practice sessions into several pieces, distributed throughout the day. I believe that if you do that ( say, practice for an hour, then continue like 2 hrs later ), you donīt have to warm up as much anymore once you get to parts 2, 3 etc.

    My philosophy on warming up basically involves starting out slow and easy. Take a runner... for a race, he doesnīt warm up by running a mile at full speed. He stretches, runs in one spot etc.
    I start by playing some simple chords, then go to bar chords, eventually playing maj- and min-add 9, maj9, or arpeggiated min11s ( the "Satch" chord =) )
    Then I do some slow runs through the 7 longform patterns, bend a few strings etc. Some chromatic exercises etc, and I am pretty much done
    Eric

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