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I read somewhere that John Petrucci worked out frequently in addition to practicing guitar, and that helped him get to where he is. I figure alot of it is due to how a person practices, but generally speaking, does working out help with endurance/speed/whatever for guitar?
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Hmm. I've been working out just to work out and I've become better on guitar. But I think that's just a coincidence. I also play my acoustic while waiting for maps/apps/games on my computer to load... That could be it.

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I've heard quite the opposite. When George Lynch was into body building, he said it really ****ed up his guitar playing and he really regretted it.
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it did for me. then again i had mild scoliosis. working out helped me strengthen my back, which lengthened my practice periods and reduced pain from the guitar.
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The impact is very minimal at best. The best work out you can do is to practice guitar more and more.

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it did for me. then again i had mild scoliosis. working out helped me strengthen my back, which lengthened my practice periods and reduced pain from the guitar.


nice avatar dude. ME GUSTA.

My scoliosis never hurt my back while playing.
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IDk Kerry King's a fatass and he plays guitar, not a Slayer fan but I doubt being a fatass is a downside for him
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I read somewhere that John Petrucci worked out frequently in addition to practicing guitar, and that helped him get to where he is. I figure alot of it is due to how a person practices, but generally speaking, does working out help with endurance/speed/whatever for guitar?

But see, Petrucci was a much better guitarist when he was a skinny little dude. He can play faster now, but he's lost all sense of melody.

Dream Theater are turning into a gigantic self-parody. Last I heard, Jordan was selling a lot of his gear because he loves his iPad's music apps so much.
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No, and I'm curious as to why you think a skill like guitar playing which develops through repetitive motions (ie. muscle memory) would in some way improve by doing a completely irrelevant activity.

If you're specifically targeting the muscles in your forearm perhaps it will help with endurance but that won't serve to improve technique and you'll strengthen those muscle groups by practicing anyway.
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Very true. Look at Fear Factory's Dino Cazares. He's got to be pushing 300lbs, and I don't think it's slowing him down.


You'd think unless your workout includes working on finger strength and wrist stamina, it wouldn't help much.
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shawn lane had problems with his weight, yet his guitar playing was phenomenal.

so i don't think working out directly helps guitar playing (unless its to build muscles in your hand). but its is generally good to stay fit.

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I've found that playing guitar helps with my guitar playing.

No, working out won't help with your guitar playing in any direct way. What it can do is boost your mood, energy, and overall focus, which can help your guitar playing.


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Very true. Look at Fear Factory's Dino Cazares. He's got to be pushing 300lbs, and I don't think it's slowing him down.


You'd think unless your workout includes working on finger strength and wrist stamina, it wouldn't help much.

He's easily above 300 unless he's short as hell.
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