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#1
After playing for about 3+ years how would the guitarist's body change from practicing guitar. For example, my friend told me that piano players get much more noticeable veins on the top of their hands. I already know that guitar players get better grip, so what others are there?
#2
fingers are much stronger and can be moved faster.

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Calluses on ends of fingertips
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I've found that I have much more noticeable veins on my wrists, especially when I've been playing for a while, and when I'm in a really warm room.
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i can move my fingers faster... thats about it.
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I would say the veins around your wrists start to pop out more, better grip, and of course stronger fingers.
#12
There's a muscle between your thumb and your index which usually gets stronger (aka better and stronger grip). Finger independence. Faster wrist movement, mainly in your picking hand.
#13
can't say much about my veins as they've always been clearly visible and huge

I spose those that like to slouch , start to slouch more :P then again I'm a sloucher so I slouched alot before anyways - combined with 9 more years of slouching with a weight strapped over my shoulder while slouching....that's a lot of slouching.

and we all know our bodies look smexier with a guitar strapped on, now don't we
#15
Oh yeah and my calluses start to wear away, and my fingers are used to it. My skin on my finger tips is really thick now.
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Generally if you play metal your muscles deteriorate and you grow longer hair everywhere.
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Depends on the guitar and style.

Of course if you play barre chords on an acoustic for 2 hours a day, you're going to have a pretty strong fretting hand.

If you just play sweep arpeggios every day on an Ibanez with .09's - you're fingers are going to get more dextrous and quicker but not much stronger.

If you quickly alternate between barre chords and sweep arpeggios on an acoustic every day for at least 2 hours straight...you'll add more girth to your penis, your voice will get deeper and you'll grow a beard of which Odin would be jealous...
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#18
I think the most noticeable thing is the calluses. And if you play regular gigs, move around a bit, carrying all the gear, I'd say you'd get pretty fit too.
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After playing for 45 years, I am sure of the following.
Stronger left hand - great for opening those really tight pickle jars.
Faster Right hand and fingers - You are probably too young to appreciate this, but she isn't.
Weak shoulders and back. - But I played a Black Beauty for a year.
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If you quickly alternate between barre chords and sweep arpeggios on an acoustic every day for at least 2 hours straight...you'll add more girth to your penis, your voice will get deeper and you'll grow a beard of which Odin would be jealous...


Oh! That explains it.
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#21
i've also found that my forearm has changed in size
also i can use both hands now but i'm not sure if thats a blessing coz now it doesnt feel like someone else is doing it and a lack of circulation to my knob
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Weak shoulders and back. - But I played a Black Beauty for a year.


That's hogwash!

If you're in good shape and have good posture, playing the guitar won't change it. If you already have bad posture, playing guitar can make it worse and you can develop problems....or you'll just notice them more....

I've been playing a non-weight-relieved Black Beauty for the past 6 years and have no back or shoulder problems (at least not because of the guitar...).

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#23
my fat belly is slightly less fat on the right side where my guitar rests
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The only change I have noticed is that the veins on my hands are more visible, and I don't lift weights, so...who knows, it could just be my imagination.
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Faster Right hand and fingers - You are probably too young to appreciate this, but she isn't.



This is usually the sort of response I give when people ask how guitar playing helps me

Can't think of much else besides calluses to be honest...
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once you've mastered the brutality of death metal your body grows a third nut that drags behind you as proof from the gods that you are tr00......

really though its all basic human biology. any part of your body that gets stronger has the veins push closer to the surface for several reasons. obviously your forearms will become a little more muscley and your bones will get stronger. the skin in that area will lose fat and become more trim. its funny because im a little overweight but my forearms look really trim
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Faster Right hand and fingers - You are probably too young to appreciate this, but she isn't.

I'm a lefty so I treat her like a pickle jar.
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If you quickly alternate between barre chords and sweep arpeggios on an acoustic every day for at least 2 hours straight...you'll add more girth to your penis, your voice will get deeper and you'll grow a beard of which Odin would be jealous...


I got a good laugh out of that, just simply because I do exactly that (well sans the sweeping part, but the arpeggios definately) and I had a beard just like that, till I shaved it all off 2 days ago...now I miss it so and wish I didnt do that...Odin is laughin at me somewhere stroking his beard
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The nails on my right hand are longer....

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#32
Seriously? You guys don't play guitar all that much.

My right thumb is longer and my left hand fingers are longer. ****ing bone-level changes, foos.

And I know a classical guitarist who has a medical paper written about the way his hands have adapted to the instrument - apparently the development of specific small muscles is incredible compared to the average person.
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Seriously? You guys don't play guitar all that much.

My right thumb is longer and my left hand fingers are longer. ****ing bone-level changes, foos.

And I know a classical guitarist who has a medical paper written about the way his hands have adapted to the instrument - apparently the development of specific small muscles is incredible compared to the average person.

what? ok ok ok, i'll buy that for the rest of these people in here but i've been 1-2 hours a day for the past 15 years and honestly about 4 or 5 years of that was closer to 8 hours a day. my bone structure has never changed, but obviously my muscle structure is different. i broke my pinky on my left hand when i was 22 or 23 and it grew back jutted out to the side, great for getting an extra fret out of a stretch.

that being said im sure my bones and muscles grew differently than what they would have had i not played guitar
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Seriously? You guys don't play guitar all that much.

My right thumb is longer and my left hand fingers are longer. ****ing bone-level changes, foos.

I was about to post a skeptical "pics or it didn't happen", but then on closer inspection of my own hands, it seems like I've got the same thing, there's about a millimeter difference
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if you play with good technique and warm up properly and if you play cold with shitty technique youll get, arthritis,tendonitis torn ligament and muscle tissue. SO it isnt always positives
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what? ok ok ok, i'll buy that for the rest of these people in here but i've been 1-2 hours a day for the past 15 years and honestly about 4 or 5 years of that was closer to 8 hours a day.


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I was about to post a skeptical "pics or it didn't happen", but then on closer inspection of my own hands, it seems like I've got the same thing, there's about a millimeter difference


I can't believe this hasn't happened to more people - when I act that cocky I'm usually joking. Anyway, pics or it didn't happen.





You think that's crazy, there was a guy at Freak Guitar was 6' 8" and his left hand fingers were about 15mm longer than his right. Holy crap, eh?
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^ jesus ! im looking at your picture and doing the same thing and thought i saw it but then questioned if maybe my hands weren't perfectly level all the way across. i know for a fact your forearm muscles get a good build and tone. i can actually flex my muscles in my forearm and everybody else i know has wimpy forearms.
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