I play guitar a lot better when my hands are cold. This isn't normal right?

Poll: Do you play guitar better with warm or cold hands?
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View poll results: Do you play guitar better with warm or cold hands?
Warm like a normal person.
57 98%
Cold like a backwards mutant.
1 2%
Voters: 58.
#1
Wasn't really sure what section this was supposed to go in to be honest but hey!

Pretty much everyone I have spoken says they can't play guitar well at all with cold hands but I play much better. I am much more accurate and solid and can play faster.

Something that might be relevant is I have flexible joints or something.. (i.e. i crack my fingers a lot because they get stiff).

Does anyone else play better with cold hands or am I just completely backwards?
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#2
Cold hands force you you play slower.

So therefore... you play faster then your skill levels lets you normally.
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#3
I had a graded performance once, and had the misfortune of both being extremely nervous and playing in a very cold room. Thus, my hands were simultaneously very cold and very sweaty.

Obviously, I butchered the song I was playing.
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Cold hands force you you play slower.

So therefore... you play faster then your skill levels lets you normally.


So you're saying that because I'm cold, I am playing slower but my brain says its faster...? Huh?
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#6
If my hands are cold, but not clamped shut (Frozen stiff) then I can play fine. Although warmer hands allow me to play at my top abilities.

I also crack my knuckles, but I don't think that makes a difference.
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#7
Can’t even imagine how that’s possible, but congrats on being an anomaly. I’ve played a few cold gigs in younger days (outside, but under cover in light snow, and on a stage in the corner of an ice rink) that actually went decently, but I took measures to keep my hands warm.
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#9
I think you might think that, but it might be total coincidence.
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I'm being totally serious. I'm not one to make troll threads



You might be serious, but you're still full of crap. It goes against basic biology to say that your extremities perform better in the cold than they do in warmth. It's like saying 'lulz i breathe better underwater than i do on land'
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#12
There is a reason people warm up before playing. Unfortunately my ability to play has been limited.
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#13
Or like comparing water bottles to see wich one is better, which is like saying lulz, this oxygen tastes a lot better.
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You might be serious, but you're still full of crap. It goes against basic biology to say that your extremities perform better in the cold than they do in warmth. It's like saying 'lulz i breathe better underwater than i do on land'


Yes, I know it does. Thats why I'm confused. How can I be full of crap when that's what I feel? I'm not trying to prove its right because I have no idea.

This isn't the first time I've noticed it either since living in this cold-as-shit house this year. My finger muscles feel lazier when they are warm compared to cold if that makes sense (well, none of this makes sense).
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#16
Having less control over your fingers might make you subconsciously concentrate more intensely on your playing than you would if your fingers were warm.
#17
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Yes, I know it does. Thats why I'm confused. How can I be full of crap when that's what I feel? I'm not trying to prove its right because I have no idea.

This isn't the first time I've noticed it either since living in this cold-as-shit house this year. My finger muscles feel lazier when they are warm compared to cold if that makes sense (well, none of this makes sense).


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#18
Playing guitar with cold hands is near impossible.
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#19
when my hands are cold, there is less bloodflow going to my fingertips thus killing stamina and control.
#20
The only instrument I play better with cold hands is banjo, since I play clawhammer and dont need very qick finger movement, but everything else i **** up horribly
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