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#1
A question to everybody on the forum who plays fingerstyle.

An honest question.

Can you guys and gals honestly not play when either of your hands are cold?

(Cold, temperature wise, not cold as in practice warmups)

I just find that I miss a lot of notes and timing.

EDIT: after typing this, my hands got warm, negating this thread.
feel free to respond anyways

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#2
Yeah, it used to bother me alot in the winter.

I've found the best solution is those gloves that only go up to half of your finger length, works great for me.

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#3
that was quick lol.

yeah, those gloves rule, I'm wearing them now actually.

also, your signature is.... interesting

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#4
Yeah, I find I'm the same way. Generally if I play for a bit, my hands warm up, and it's fine. However, if I had to I could keep playing. I used to have band practices in the winter in an old shed (a metal band.. I agreed to play with them until they found somebody else..). At some points I was playing solo's with numb fingers. Not so fun, and hard to do, haha.
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#5
i wish i played fingerstyle..

but anyways, i mentioned this to someone earlier as well, just soak your hands in some warm water before you play dude.. it should be all good..
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#6
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that was quick lol.

yeah, those gloves rule, I'm wearing them now actually.

also, your signature is.... interesting


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#7
man i know what your saying. my hands are almost ALWAYS cold, especially in the fall and winter. i have to warm up for like 15-30 minutes on easy songs before my hands get warm enough to play the more technical stuff and solos. if the heater is too much in my room though, my hands start getting sweaty and that just causes a whole new set of problems. gloves do help though
#8
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also, this got front paged. WIN.

Aaron: Never really thought of that, thanks also, the question applied to the right hand too, assuming you're a righty.

wow. that smilies in this forum are out of control.

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#10
I've had the problem before playing a show, and I usually wear gloves with half the finger cut off. If they don't match my outfit though, I wear them until I have to go on stage, and keep flexing my hands. Usually works good.
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#11
I got this from a Rodrigo Y Gabriella DVD.
They said that when they busked outdoors in Denmark in the winter that a guy showed them what he called the Viking way to warm the hands, which was to hit the open plams off the back of another person until warmed up. Its supposed to work unless you are on your own obviously.
#12
More often than not I am playing with fingers made of ice.Not only that but when I first arive my bass is also pretty cold too.It makes it quite uncomfortable to play.Usually by the time I am really warm and playing with the most ease we are just about to pack it up for the night.

This really only applies to band practice and sometimes gigs.When I am at home it is usually pretty nice.

I never wear gloves although I did play with mittens on one time as a joke.

I used to soak my hands in warm water before playing bass or guitar but I don't really do that anymore.No reason,I just don't.
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#13
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I got this from a Rodrigo Y Gabriella DVD.
They said that when they busked outdoors in Denmark in the winter that a guy showed them what he called the Viking way to warm the hands, which was to hit the open plams off the back of another person until warmed up. Its supposed to work unless you are on your own obviously.



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#14
I get this all the time, I use hot water.

If im at school, we have like no cold water so I am forced to play with cold hands in guitar class =[
#15
ya, my hands are almost always cold in the winter. but like many people have said allready, gloves that are half cut off at the fingers work great.
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#16
Fingerless gloves for me too, i'm not usually that cold though but when i am, gloves work a treat.
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#17
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I get this all the time, I use hot water.

If im at school, we have like no cold water so I am forced to play with cold hands in guitar class =[


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#18
doesnt the hot water make your callouses soften up though?

i am primarily a guitarist but i have on occasion been playing bass(only when there isnt an electric guitar available at a jam) and used tight fitting leather gloves. also helps if your fretting fingertips are sore from playing too much. obviously the gloves might get in the way but my bass skills arent too legendary anyway, and it works until they warm up
#19
I sing to warm up my core temp along with wearing gloves before practice and durring. If you sing by belting it out, the warmth will flow right in. Warm your voice box first
#20
Quote by diablo_man
doesnt the hot water make your callouses soften up though?

i am primarily a guitarist but i have on occasion been playing bass(only when there isnt an electric guitar available at a jam) and used tight fitting leather gloves. also helps if your fretting fingertips are sore from playing too much. obviously the gloves might get in the way but my bass skills arent too legendary anyway, and it works until they warm up



Yes hot water does soften callouses. NO Good
#21
Quote by BassistGal
Yeah, it used to bother me alot in the winter.

I've found the best solution is those gloves that only go up to half of your finger length, works great for me.

I always keep a pair in my case

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#22
The hobo gloves are kinda stylish too I think I'll start wearing them, although my hands are always nice and warm
#23
Every saturday we have band practice and it takes me a while to get my hands limbered and warmed up and when they're cold i miss a lot of notes too. You just can't mvoe them across the strings as well as when they're warm. it's normal i suppose.
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#24
yeah, you're not gonna get far on any instrument with cold hands mate. Just warm them up before you start playing - hands in pockets, nice cup of tea (if you're english), and then do a proper ten minute warm up with some scales etc.. you should be fine. unless you live i some remote region where it never gets above -10. then i would say take up snowboarding instead.
#25
I either wrap my hands around a hot mug o' tea, or run warm water over them for a few seconds. And to whomever said that hot water softens your callouses, this is true but only if you leave your hands under the water for a longer period of time. 10 seconds at a time is fine.

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#26
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10 seconds at a time is fine.


Really? I find that any amount of time ****s my callouses up... Maybe my hands are just retarded
#27
God, I though I was the only one with this problem. Good to know others are out there. I usually rub my hands together and do stretches for a bit before playing.

Of course, sticking them under my significant other's shirt works too, but its not very popular with the spouse....
#29
it happens to me alot. like if i come back from a bike ride in cold weathe ri can't play bass right away, i use warm water, but not anymore cause i just found out it softens callouses...

#30
It happens to me a lot because the basement of the house (where I go on UG) is 10° cooler than my room (where I practice). I just play scales over and over until I feel the blood rushing back into my fingers. (Its a funny feeling when your hands are cold but your fingers are warm) Then its showtime
#31
I HATE cold hands when I play, My fingers stiffen up and I can't play worth crap. I think i might invest in some hobo gloves.

Usually to warm them up I just put them in my pockets and then I have about 3 more minutes until I have to warm them back up.
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#33
I had this problem in November time, I had really bad circulation and my hands would get freezing over the past couple of months though my hands are always warm. I have the warmest hands out of all my friends and this makes me very popular with the ladies on cold days

If youre outside keep flexing your hands and keep them in your sleeves. Always warm up before rehersals/practising otherwise youll pull a muscle or a ligament like I did yesterday.
#35
the amount of coldness is pretty unreasonable this time of year
(see my location)

I tried playing something really simple this morning when i woke up
the practice exercise for the Billy Sheehan DVD in case you wondered
(not that fast, obv, since he's outragous)

and i felt like i did when i first picked up a bass a while ago


and applehead. tea is a win, even for us non brits

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#36
yea i get cold hands a lot. it hurts for a little while if im playing aggressively, but they warm up after a few minutes of some quick finger songs.
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#37
When my fingers are cold, honest to God, they actually slow down. It's really bizarre.
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#38
it doesnt really bother me. like the guy above me i warm up and they get better. or if its real cold you'll be lucky and have your hands numb so you cant feel it anyway =D
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#39
Eh, I never really have that problem, Central Florida for the win.
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