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Started by rabidgerry - Last post by rabidgerry
A lot of good and interesting advice here which I certainly am going to experiment with.

When I started trying to play last night I noticed my left hand was still a little weak from the exhaustion it suffered on Saturday night.  It kinda came too after an hour or so of playing.  I suffer from a circulation condition known as raynaud's syndrome which is particuarly shit in winter as it's colder.  This probably has something to do with struggling to warm up before a show.  Also sometimes I just don't get the opportunity, because there just isn't anywhere to warm up!  Different venues different circumstances and conditons, you never know what you are going to get some times.

As for tension, big stresses in my life, a gig is stressful never mind the other stuff.  But recently went through two interviews to get a new job and thankfully got the job, but who knows, perhaps I haven't recovered yet fully, it was only last Monday after all.

The oils thing, probably a good idea, my joints "click" and crack as it is and I used to take cod liver oil.  I have fish oil supplements I guess I could get back on so that's something I can totally address. 

The hot water thing sounds good, sounds like something crazy I used to do when we played in the garage era stuck out in the freeing cold. I used to do this because of my raynaud's but stopped because my skin would soften on my hand and callus' could potentially break whilst the skin was soft.

Acupunture, I kno someone who had an injury to their foot and was told that they would be on cruches for over a year and have a limp for a while.  Well they went to acupunture and the limp and cruches were history!  I may look into this Van.

SC about the string guage, I see the method to installing heavier guage strings, but I honestly don't think that is the answer for me anyways, that's just going to make it harder to play if I get fatigued.  I get that you are building strength by using heavier strings but, malmsteen doesn't need those 11's and he don't seem to have hand issues  :D

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Started by Systematic Chaos - Last post by MarshallJMP
15$, man how do you find these things so cheap  :facepalm:

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Started by rabidgerry - Last post by herbyguitar
I rub my forearms and back of hands down with a heat rub about an hour before. I use new strings and spray a 'very' light mist of silicone on the fret board about 20 minutes before. I warm up for 15 minutes by playing stretched scales and chords to get my forearm muscles loosened up. Last, I take a 5 minute break just before playing.

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Started by Zilthy - Last post by van Sinn
Becoming vintage should make us worth more over time :bow:

Dropping any products containing sodium flourite will enable your pineal gland to function properly, which is essential for regenerating cells during sleep.
Also, sun gazing works very well on the eyes - but make sure to search out the Indian guru on this; just do some searching on youtube and you'll find his one hour description video.
And don't bother about those stating they could drop foods after three month..
I'm short sighted, and doing this for a year reduced my short sight.

Else, WRT getting old, I feel this in my feet. with lack of training, I get water in them; no biggie, just a matter of training.
Oh, and while young chicks do smile in my direction, I can't seem to get 'em home.. :nono:
(thinking of Fritz the Cat: mmnn.. three at a time is a kick I haven't tried)

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Started by Systematic Chaos - Last post by van Sinn
Must.relocate.to.Japan.
You seem to be swimming in cool stuff ;)
(pretty much the same with motorcycle stuff over there)

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Started by rabidgerry - Last post by van Sinn
Couple of points to tensions..

Stress in life, job-wise, lack of sleep/rest, or in private, like family or financials, can drag a lot of energy off the system.
I've seen ever so often, on myself and others, that when stress do kick-in, many seem to drop their guards WRT proper foods and as such, keeping the correct vitamin and mineral balance, and proper lubrication.
Are you aware that joints and nerves need oils? Salads with cold-pressed virgin olive oil is a must-have.

I read many doing training, but are you doing proper warm up, not just before the training, but also before playing, and are you doing proper flexing/stretching after?

Whatever, there can be many reasons to loosing strength. Acupuncture can be very helpful; I've used it for close to 30 years with good results.

Best of luck with recovery and preventive measures ;)

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Started by rabidgerry - Last post by tomy
oh ! Gerry,  I also forgot... guitar strap is quite important. A confortable one makes a real difference !

So you should choose one that matches your leather trousers  ;D

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Started by Systematic Chaos - Last post by Dante
Wow, that's a steal! THose are $300 everywhere

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Started by rabidgerry - Last post by Dante
Yeah, I get that too. Sometimes my ring finger just gets weak and I struggle to even make barre chords. I think I've identified one of my problems is holding my god damn smart phone and an Xbox controller too much. I think I'm actually causing muscle stiffness and poor muscle memory. My sister is a physical therapist and she has me stretching my hands and fingers daily with some Bengay cream to loosen the muscles.
Another thing I've been doing I learned from a Joe Satriani interview.... about 10 minutes before you are going to play, run your hands and forearms under hot water in the sink. Do this for about 3-5 minutes.

Great advice  :thumb-up:  I thought that hot water trick was just something I did....didn't realize others were doing it too. I started that when riding my motorcycle to work in the winter....I'd go run hot water over my hands before working on the computer.

I use a pen tool and graphic tablet because the constant repetitive motion of the mouse button was too painful - I developed tennis elbow(s). This hurts my forearms very much if I don't stretch first (thought I had carpal tunnel).

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Started by Zilthy - Last post by MarshallJMP
well ... we're getting vintage  :thumb-up:

hahahaha  ;D

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