#1
I recently learned that you should be stretching your fingers to help you hit those large chords/notes. I was wondering when exactly should you be doing these finger/hand/forearm stretches? Like before you play, after you play, etc. Also, how often?
#2
To be honest I've never stretched before playing and I don't have an issue with awkward chords or wide stretches but then I often get the impression that this puts me in a minority.

Really the best time is before you play, if you're doing it after you play then what's the point?

As for how often... as often as you think you need. Some people swear by stretching every time they play and others don't do it at all. Try it out a few times and see how you feel about it; you might not feel like it helps at all.
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What Zaphod said, you'll have to try for yourself. I am one of those who almost always stretch before and after i practice/perform. Some of my friends do it just before, some just after, some not at all. Whatever works for you.
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#6
don't athletes stretch etc. to warm down after exercising? so maybe after playing wouldn't hurt, too.

My usual caveats apply here- do as i say, not as i do.

Number of times I've warmed up (muscles, rather than exercises) before or after playing in my entire guitar-playing career: 0

Heck I've only started doing drills recently before playing
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don't athletes stretch etc. to warm down after exercising? so maybe after playing wouldn't hurt, too.


http://life.nationalpost.com/2013/04/05/stretching-before-workouts-may-weaken-muscles-impair-athletic-performance-studies/

Specific kinds of stretches help, others will probably weaken performance.
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yea, warm up before but stretch after for exercising. i'm guessing it's good to do the same for guitar playing.
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#10
Yeah, before and after can't hurt. I've developed an addiction to these (link below). Stretching can be beneficial to any body part, it increases circulation and can even strengthen muscles. If you're interested I've these found extremely useful! Great for heavy practicing.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GOR9KnUCpSI&feature=c4-overview-vl&list=PL59462D101A5DC14F
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#11
I stretch my fingers literally every time I'm not using my hands for anything else, even if I'm nowhere near a guitar and won't be for several hours. I started doing it mostly as an anti-nail biting thing (and it definitely helps), but I've found that it helps my guitar playing a lot as well.
#12
Honestly, you probably could as often as you felt needed. I don't see how it could be a bad thing really.
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#13
dont strech Cold....warm up your fingers with basic scale runs or using one of these
gripmater link

stretch inbetween songs and after.

its just like working out....do it wrong and you´ll damage your hands.
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