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Old 01-29-2016, 10:34 PM   #1
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Do your fingers ever just not work the way you want them to?

Like you usually play better but sometimes your fingers are just slower than normal? Not because of lack of practice though.
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Old 01-29-2016, 11:46 PM   #2
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Umm, no. Are your fingers floating just slightly above what you need to fret? Because it can slow you down if you develop a habit that isn't this.
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Old 01-30-2016, 12:21 AM   #3
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Sure...too much salt (fingers stiff and swollen), too much ummm...entertainment...bad day...tired...or just a tad off the beam...
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Old 01-30-2016, 12:58 AM   #4
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Old 01-30-2016, 03:44 AM   #5
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Well, if I've been outside it's cold and I skip any kind of warmup and go straight for something difficult it might feel a bit like that.

Otherwise no.
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Old 01-30-2016, 07:29 AM   #6
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Cold and diet can be two of the biggest factors for slowing down, on the matter. Personally, it rarely ever affects me, but I know it can affect others a lot more
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Old 01-30-2016, 12:54 PM   #7
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If my fingers are really cold or if I've been drinking heavily. I think the drinking thing is more of a loss of fine motor control so I have to play slower to not mess up.
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Old 02-01-2016, 03:21 PM   #8
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Cold and diet can be two of the biggest factors for slowing down, on the matter. Personally, it rarely ever affects me, but I know it can affect others a lot more


What diet would you recommend?
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Old 02-01-2016, 03:33 PM   #9
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What diet would you recommend?


I personally have never heard that diet could make you slower or faster, and I'm inclined to believe that it's bullshit. Unless you're actually eating so poorly that your muscles constantly lack nutrition and energy, but in that case you have bigger problems than guitar playing.
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Old 02-01-2016, 05:11 PM   #10
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What diet would you recommend?


Fish and chips or Egg and chips. Everything with chips.
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Old 02-01-2016, 06:22 PM   #11
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Yep, we are different every day and sometimes fat fingers happen.
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Old 02-01-2016, 06:33 PM   #12
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Definitely cold makes a big difference. Nail length for me on acoustic, and also for more intricate things, being warmed up. Even if the ambient temperature is warm enough, to be able to execute more intricate stuff I need to be warmed up from having played a bit on the guitar, and warmed up my specific guitar muscles. Other than that, and excluding other stuff like being really tired, or sick, or drunk or something, not that I can recall.

But I do have sort of downer days, where I'm just not into it, and feel sucky.
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i'll back up a bit and say i've got a lot more cuts on my fingers in the last few months as i've been working and studying more and not practicing. a couple years ago when i was still hungry i couldn't cut the tips of my fingers cause they were so calloused
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Generally, a poorer diet (not saying having a diet is good or not, but even a non-existent one) does lead to worse playability. Not always, but generally. Me, I have the seafood diet: I see food and I freakin eat it Hypermetabolism means I HAVE to eat a lot or else I do get sicker quicker. Everyone is different, though, so I dunno; whatever helps health and music capabilities, I guess....or just don't give a shit and eat whatever heheheheh the diet claim is more of what happens in the poorer sense with health degradation and such, not so much that the diet itself is causing it, but fair enough.

Oh fingernail length... yeah that's another one that can cause issue, though I still have to fight the habits of nail biting nowadays

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yes. everyone has bad days at everything.



Pretty much this. This isn't anything new to the human race.

Also, warming up isn't just a cliche term being thrown around, it actually has practical value.
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Then thank goodness I am always warming up except when with actual venues ...otherwise, I would do a lot worse on guitar heheheheh

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Old 02-02-2016, 09:35 AM   #19
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Like you usually play better but sometimes your fingers are just slower than normal? Not because of lack of practice though.


Yes.

You fingers may be fatigued. Rest is just as important as practice. A couple days off for recovery sometimes is the very thing needed to get to that next level. Listen to your body. Best advise I could give anyone.

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Old 02-03-2016, 09:02 PM   #20
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Yeah, like others have already written, it can be a number of different things I believe. For example if you're feeling stressed, just came in from the cold, fighting an infection, or are just simply tired. And "tired" can apply both mentally and physically, we play with our hands and fingers which have muscles in them, and like any muscles they can "under-perform" for various reasons. And when mentally tired the muscle memory signals etc. might not work as smoothly as usual, it's easy to forget that everything physical we do have a direct connection to our brain.

For sure, rest is good sometimes. But that being said, sometimes you just gotta push through it, just like anything else. Then deciding what's the right thing for each specific time isn't easy of course
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