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I searched and didn't find anything about this. and i'm not sure it goes here, but oh well.

My band and I got onstage for a gig last night, and our hands froze. the drummer even got a cramp in his hand. i know you can put your hands in your armpits while you're onstage to warm them up, but is there any way to avoid this altogether?
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Light your hands on fire.
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On Topic: Gloves and guitar don't really work very well. Viable option for the drummer, though. Honestly, I'd say just tolerate it. Just make sure your hands are always moving, because that will keep them warm more than anything.
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#9
I say you should warm up before you go on stage. On stage keep your fingers always moving.


If you are gonna be playing fast and well on stage you gotta warm up properly before going on stage anyway.
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First off, all of the Pitmonkey responses have been reported. This is not the place for smart-ass spam comments.

On Topic: Gloves and guitar don't really work very well. Viable option for the drummer, though. Honestly, I'd say just tolerate it. Just make sure your hands are always moving, because that will keep them warm more than anything.


Well there are gloves that only cover the pal and don't impede the fingers, so that might be something......
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actually a friend of mine showed me something BADASS. He sewed (atleast I think he did, might have just bought it) a little cloth bag of rice. it's totally sewn shut so it's pretty much like a very small pillow, about the size of your palm if you want. And what you do is you put the thing in the microwave until it warms up and then hold it in your hands. VERY AWESOME. dont let it get too hot though and dont fill it completely with rice. It should feel like those sand pillows at walmart
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#13
if your hands and feet are cold its just a result of poor blood circulation.

do some pushups offstage to get the blood flowing. or better yet, some chinups if you can find a suitable place to do them. i always find my hands are never cold after a back workout so...
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if your hands and feet are cold its just a result of poor blood circulation.

do some pushups offstage to get the blood flowing. or better yet, some chinups if you can find a suitable place to do them. i always find my hands are never cold after a back workout so...

Plus there's nothing quite like a rumor that the guitarist does push-ups in his spare time backstage getting started.
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actually a friend of mine showed me something BADASS. He sewed (atleast I think he did, might have just bought it) a little cloth bag of rice. it's totally sewn shut so it's pretty much like a very small pillow, about the size of your palm if you want. And what you do is you put the thing in the microwave until it warms up and then hold it in your hands. VERY AWESOME. dont let it get too hot though and dont fill it completely with rice. It should feel like those sand pillows at walmart


Or you could just go to a store and buy some handwarmers. They last up to 6 or 8 hours and are pretty cheap.
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Why do your hands get cold?
Are they cold before, after?
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#19
Put your hands under some warm water or wear some gloves before show time.
#20
If you don't have some sort of warmers handy, increase your circulation to your hands by clenching and unclenching your fists quickly.

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#22
I guess it's happened before, but not this badly. We were all fine when we got up there, then our hands just got really cold. It was in a big gym. And i think the stage is over an air conditioning thing, but the vents were a good distance from us. and we were having a great time too. no stage fright that i can recall.
#24
run about the stage.

Or tune to open chords and play with one finger, like tommy bolin.
#25
the problem i get is cold clammy hands due to both bad circulation and low blood sugar. I usually soak my hands in hot water to get the blood flowing, but i also have to watch what i eat before a show. anything like redbull i have to avoid, but fruits and other starches seem to help.
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#26
I swear that's one of the biggest fears of any band.

After dropping your pick of course *shudders*.

All I can suggest is making sure you're 100% warm before you go on and try and be as active as you can to get as hot as possible.

Other than that bring a fire on stage and occasionally take short breaks.
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#27
alright. good stuff guys. thanks! i'll try to keep all of that in mind for gigs to come. and i'm sure this helped more people than me. thanks again.
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All I can suggest is making sure you're 100% warm before you go on and try and be as active as you can to get as hot as possible.




Also make sure you are adequately dressed. Obviously, you won't need a winter coat but you should be warm.
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#30
Cut the fingers out of gloves. Make sure they aren't too thick, and your good to go.
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