#1
I saw these on you tube today, and was able to make a set that was comfortable and about 30g each. So i practiced for about an hour or so with them and found my picking got a lot cleaner very quickly. I feel like its also helping my speed. i was very soon able to play things at the same speed i normally would be able to reach with them on but definitly sounded cleaner. i think they kind of force you to arch you fingers more to stop them catching on the e string.

Has anyone else used these, are they bad for you or or your playing? etc what are your thoughts
#2
I'd rather just play the damned lick and PRACTISE to get better.

It's like doing squats in the gym so you can push a car's pedals better. It's unnecessary, and you've still gotta practise driving the thing anyway..
#3
but it seems to be cleaning up my playing really well, results are reults
#5
Does rusty cooley use them? Probably not. So do you need them? Probably not. Having those results are nice, but using those weights aren't natural. You probably got alot cleaner because you had to go slower using the weights. Using a metranome produces the same results in a much better way and is probably better long term.
#6
but it seems to be cleaning up my playing really well, results are reults


Wellllll, you're doing practice, yeah?

I hate to break it to you, but cleanliness and picking are almost nothing to do with finger strength.

I've never seen a convincing argument made for finger weights. I'm open to the fact they might help but if you don't know what you're doing anatomically then I'd advise against them. Anyone who lifts weights will tell you that lifting weights badly will **** you up.
#7
This was posted the other day in another section haha. watch this video
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HWVsbc_--rE

EDIT: Its a fingerweight video done by a UG user.
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#9
Quote by Freepower
[...] if you don't know what you're doing anatomically then I'd advise against them. Anyone who lifts weights will tell you that lifting weights badly will **** you up.


Yeah, and it's not like doing bicep curls...there are no muscles in your fingers, their movements are controlled by tendons that connect to your forearm. Maybe you can save your tendons some trouble and just work out your forearms to gain 'finger strength.' Just make sure to work out both sides of your forearm; I suggest a wrist roller.
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#10
The tendons still work muscles connected to your fingers. Moving your fingers forces those muscles to contract, hence working your fingers exercises those muscles.

It's also worth pointing out that if you want to develop finger strength, you need to develop the extensor as well as tensor muscles or you end up with useless strength.
#11
Quote by Freepower
The tendons still work muscles connected to your fingers. Moving your fingers forces those muscles to contract, hence working your fingers exercises those muscles.


You could have 30g of resistance with finger weights or get 30 lb. from a wrist roller!
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#13
After a certain point, your guitar technique depends less on finger strength and more on actual physical technique.
#14
finger weights work but so does practicing exercises on the gutiar. Which one is more effective? i dont know, but i do know that when you practice on the gutiar you also work out your mind and there is a mental digestion that takes place when you practice on the gutiar, so when you are working out your fingers on the gutiar you are also working out mentally and developing your playing in that way as well. using weights will build your strength, but thats only half the battle man. memorizing scale patterns and shapes and positions is just as important, so why not just practice both at once?
#15
It's a general principal of exercise physiology that you don't practice a skill against resistance.
You work the gross, natural movement against resistance, and practice the skill separately.
#16
I highly doubt they work. Also the fingers are moved by tendons not muscles so I'm not sure it's even possible. Coordination is a lot more useful.
#18
if i want to train my arms i could sit and raise and lower it repeatedly....or i could do that but while holding a weight. id get the same results only a lot faster.

they really do seem to be helping my coordinating. i think that practicing scales and sweeps and so on with them on improves the muscle memory because of the extra work your fingers do.

Originally Posted by Freepower
I hate to break it to you, but cleanliness and picking are almost nothing to do with finger strength.


I know, as i said its the way they can catch on the strings that force you to adjust your playing and arch your fingers more that is making my playing cleaner, not strength
#19
That's not a very good analogy at all. If I wanted to learn how to shoot a basketball through a net better, I would rather go outside and actually practice shooting hoops, than lifting weights hoping the extra muscles would somehow make my shooting more accurate.

I think it's all a placebo effect tbh, for people who didn't think it would work, it didn't, but for people who weren't skeptical it did.
#21
I use the handmaster plus (wow!)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Er8Rd1VKnF0

Well it didn't made me a better player... I think
but the reason i bought it is because i have an overly paranoid personality, and this product is designed by a health care specialist who also plays guitar, its a product that trains the extensor as well as tensor muscles. Its to prevent injuries, thats all.

it really helped to strengthen my hands and forearms but since i always play super relaxed (remember i'm very paranoid) i don't think i really needed it
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