#1
First post, and this might be in the wrong section (so feel free to move it)

I was just wondering today, would working out & getting physically strong help guitar playing in any noticeable way? Speeding up picking etc, or is that just something you build through better technique?
Last edited by Seddon1707 at Aug 18, 2010,
#2
Better technique. Physical strength only helps with brute force and image, it doesn't in any way affect the muscles you would use for playing any kind of instrument. It wouldn't even help with your stamina for when playing unless you like to run around like a loony when you're playing.

Good technique is the key to becoming a better musician. Focused, dedicated practise.
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#3
better technique is what you need to work on, if you have one of those stress balls use that too since strengthening your fingers might help
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#4
It isn't going to hurt. It is possible it could indirectly help, because if you are healthier you will be in a better frame of mind, and you will have more energy when practicing. Direct benefits though come from the guitar practice itself.
#5
Thanks for the quick responses :P Fair points, but then, I suppose it wouldn't hurt to do a bit anyway, purely for health reasons
#6
A strong mind in a strong body. As said before it wont affect your skill level directly but if you maintain a good excercise routine, it will pay of big time in so many ways. Too few people realize that(or find other exscuses to sit on their arses).
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A strong mind in a strong body. As said before it wont affect your skill level directly but if you maintain a good excercise routine, it will pay of big time in so many ways. Too few people realize that(or find other exscuses to sit on their arses).


Hmm, well, to the gym! *batman noise*
#8
Yeah do it for health reasons but not to get better at guitar. Now some working out of the right muscles will help you improve faster as far as picking, but you'll still have to work extremely hard on getting muscle memory to build up to play great. No working out will ever simulate alternative picking, but it can help strengthen those muscles so upstrokes aren't as awkward from the beginning
#9
the answer is yes and no.
for examples : people like the young zakk wylde.thin randy rhoads,michael angelo batio (fastest shredder in the world,often spotted wearing a "golds gym" shirt) obviously they were in shape,does that have to do with anything? maybe.heres why i think.
studying baseball pitching,i have never seen a pitcher with large arms.MUSCLE MEMORY WORKS BETTER IN SMALLER AREAs,thats a fact,smaller frames may actually be a slight atvantage for leanring something with muscle memory quicker then the big muscle guy.allso.ther are fast twitch and slow twitch fibers,as guitarist,we would probably prefer fast twitch at the same time,some endurance is necessery,luckily for us guitar aint "that" stength demanding.so we should be fine just going for fast twitch fibers (ill leave it up to you to figure out how you would like to acquire that,id rather not post my own technique wich works great for me and my personnel size) like others said,stress balls are good,i use hand grippers accasionally,they should get your arms toned,strong,and explosive enough to handle the strength part of ANY guitar technique....if you really want to go to the extreme tho,look up some arm wrestling web sites,they sell hand grippers up to like 350lbs of force 0.0 so hope that helps,at the end of the day practice means more then anything,and its all up to you.
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the answer is yes and no.
for examples : people like the young zakk wylde.thin randy rhoads,michael angelo batio (fastest shredder in the world,often spotted wearing a "golds gym" shirt) obviously they were in shape,does that have to do with anything? maybe.heres why i think.
studying baseball pitching,i have never seen a pitcher with large arms.MUSCLE MEMORY WORKS BETTER IN SMALLER AREAs,thats a fact,smaller frames may actually be a slight atvantage for leanring something with muscle memory quicker then the big muscle guy.allso.ther are fast twitch and slow twitch fibers,as guitarist,we would probably prefer fast twitch at the same time,some endurance is necessery,luckily for us guitar aint "that" stength demanding.so we should be fine just going for fast twitch fibers (ill leave it up to you to figure out how you would like to acquire that,id rather not post my own technique wich works great for me and my personnel size) like others said,stress balls are good,i use hand grippers accasionally,they should get your arms toned,strong,and explosive enough to handle the strength part of ANY guitar technique....if you really want to go to the extreme tho,look up some arm wrestling web sites,they sell hand grippers up to like 350lbs of force 0.0 so hope that helps,at the end of the day practice means more then anything,and its all up to you.


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First post, and this might be in the wrong section (so feel free to move it)

I was just wondering today, would working out & getting physically strong help guitar playing in any noticeable way? Speeding up picking etc, or is that just something you build through better technique?

Yes.
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I think we've got some of them somewhere in the house, I might give 'em a go

don't bother, they're a waste of time.

Guitar is nothing to do with the strength of your grip, it's all about control. Those grippers are all about training your fingers to work against resistance, there's sod all resistance when it comes to playing guitar, your fingers move through thin air until they hit the strings, then you only have to press lightly enough to get the string to touch the fret. It's about moving your hand with the least effort, the maximum control and the most delicate of touches.

Hand grippers = pointless in a guitar context
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#14
In my opinion being physically fit wouldn't hurt. I don't see how strength would help in any way, but if you put under demanding conditions, for example a four hour gig with hot lights streaming onto you the whole you would need a fair amount of stamina to keep going.
#15
It really shouldn't make any difference. That being said, it's never a bad idea to exercise. You should be doing it regardless.