#1
See, I went through a phase of around a year or two where I was constantly cracking my knuckles without considering the consequences(don't know why, I just did), and this pretty much turned my knuckles into marbles. Now I can't play barre chords, but I'm developing my style around that. My question is, will this effect how fast I'm able to play? Or will I be okay if I just practice alot and keep up my flexibility?

Oh, and does this belong in one of the guitar forums? You know, since it's guitar related.
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Last edited by Shinozoku at Sep 27, 2006,
#2
not a huge amount I don't think... i know some guys who play that have arthritis, it doesn't effect your speed so much, but it takes you a lot longer to get warmed up and get in the zone.. but this is just 2 or 3 people it may be different from person to person.
#3
cracking knuckles isnt going to do anything to your hands, your knuckles are bigger cause you play guitar, my left hands a beast compared to my right
#5
There is no conclusive evidence to show that knuckle cracking causes joint damage.
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#6
Quote by Loser_86
cracking knuckles isnt going to do anything to your hands, your knuckles are bigger cause you play guitar, my left hands a beast compared to my right


Well, according to my mom (who is a nurse) it was from cracking them, and they're big on both hands. She has cracked hers for a while and they're pretty big. At least I think.. I've never payed much attention to her hands... Anyway, I stopped it a long time ago, but I just got to thinking about it and figured I'd ask people who knew. Thanks for the advice!
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Bunch of faggots putting random riffs together and calling it "progressive" deathcore.
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#7
Quote by Cobalt Blue
not a huge amount I don't think... i know some guys who play that have arthritis, it doesn't effect your speed so much, but it takes you a lot longer to get warmed up and get in the zone.. but this is just 2 or 3 people it may be different from person to person.



Yeah, it takes me around 20-30 minutes to get warmed up and comfortable. I can kinda gat warmesdup sooner, but not as much as if I take my time with it.
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Bunch of faggots putting random riffs together and calling it "progressive" deathcore.
Stupid name.
Probably picked "for teh lulz"

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#8
My mother is also a nurse and has said cracking your knuckles is bad.

Last time I went for a check-up though, my doctor said that it does no harm at all and it's just little pockets of air being popped or something like that. I've one bad memory
#9
yeah i talk to some hand specialist who said that cracking your knuckles doesnt really do damage and that they will just pop themselves if you dont do it. Hell i have to crack my knuckles after i warm up for guitar because if i dont they get stiff.
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#10
I try not to crack them anymore, just in case. I mean, they do get stiff, but I just stretch them out (you know, just extend them as far as possible without hurting them), it relaxes them a bit more.
Then there's this band called Slice The Cake...

Bunch of faggots putting random riffs together and calling it "progressive" deathcore.
Stupid name.
Probably picked "for teh lulz"

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