#1
So, I've been playing for a couple years now and do my thing when I have a full couple hours to devote. metronome'd scales/excersizes/Arkansas Traveler(fun warm up tune, wish i had a banjo...), some free jamming, soloing... and jamming along etc.

anyways, my big issue is that for at least the first hour or 2 my fingers and picking hands never feel fully warmed up and in sync, and then after a little bit i really kick on and play so much better.

is there any way to warm up faster or anything i can do before I can get to my guitar that will allow me to play better, I usually only have half an hour to an hour to play at a time and I never play as well as that 3rd hour the night before, and i feel like the time is wasted out of my own frustration.

any little tricks, tools or recommendations of those hand squeeze things will be greatly appreciated.
#2
When I get home from school, I usually relax some time before I start playing. I'll have a drink and a sandwich, spend some time behind my computer. This way, my hands are already a bit warmed up..
Then I do my usual warm up exercises (chromatic runs, weird chord changes, 3nps picking patterns) and after that, I'm pretty much ready to go..

Hope that helped..
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#3
Quote by RDSElite
spend some time behind my computer. This way, my hands are already a bit warmed up..


that's a good idea for relaxation but aren't your hands sticky? makes it hard to play.
#4
I use a grip master to warm up my fingers, followed by some light stretching, then I play some Slayer........that usually does the trick in about 10 minutes.
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#5
If your hands are cold, dip them in some nice hot water!!! Haha. No, really, it will help.

Do some stretching. A lot of people ignore this and go straight to chromatic runs and all that. Start with a couple of stretching exercises for your hands and arms AND THEN and only then pick up the guitar.
#6
Quote by wise1man
If your hands are cold, dip them in some nice hot water!!! Haha. No, really, it will help.

Do some stretching. A lot of people ignore this and go straight to chromatic runs and all that. Start with a couple of stretching exercises for your hands and arms AND THEN and only then pick up the guitar.


this

don`t even touch the guitar for the 1st 10 minutes of a warmup, my warmup routine usually takes 30 - 45 minutes.

you need to start with your back and shoulder muscles the work your way down to your fingers, and don`t hurt yourself with the stretching exercises.

also you need to be in the right enviroment for practice/learning (needs to be tidy and relaxing, free from distractions....i go as far as turning the mobile phone off and informing peeps in the house that i`m not to be disturbed except for emergencies)
#7
Stretch your hands and fingers in as many different ways as you can. Even when i do this it still takes me about an hour to really hit my groove.