4 Basic Stretches To Avoid Injuries – Free Guitar Lessons

4 Basic Stretches To Avoid Injuries – Free Guitar Lessons

(guitar music) – Stretching right
before a practice session can be really important for number one, having the most productive
practice session possible, and number two, hopefully
avoiding any injuries. In this lesson, I’m gonna go through some basic tips for building dexterity, and I’m gonna show you some stretches that you can do before you get
into warming up and playing. I have three little tips
that I wanna give you that you should think about
doing as you practice. The first one is to take time to warm up. And we’re gonna go over some
warm-up exercises later, but stretching is also
kind of part of warming up. And it’s easy to kind of
just sweep it aside and say, “I really don’t need to do this,” but let me tell you. I have heard some horror stories of just weird injuries
that people have gotten because they just pick up the
guitar and go right to some more taxing playing instead
of taking the time to warm up. Tip number two is watch what you drink, and by that, I mean drink a lot of water. Stay hydrated. That’s really good for your soft tissue, and it can really help you to have a productive practice time. Tip number three is
watch how you’re set up and how you’re holding the guitar. If you’re sore after a practice session, you might wanna think about changing the way you hold a guitar. If you’re holding it the casual method like I’m doing right now, and you have some soreness in
your shoulder or your back, you might wanna try the classical method or you might wanna try
standing up with the strap or sitting down with the strap too. Just listen to your body and
if it’s hurting or you’re sore, just change things up a little bit and see if you can make it better. Let’s go through some
stretches that I have for you. I have four basic ones
that you can choose from to kinda kick off your practice session. The first one just kind of
stretches your forearm out. And what you do is just take
whatever arm you’re stretching, put your arm out like that,
and then pull back on it just a little bit with the other hand. You don’t want it to hurt. You just want to feel the stretch. All you’re doing is basically limbering up and getting some blood
flowing in your arms. And you can do this for
20 seconds, 30 seconds, then switch to the other arm. You don’t want to do it too hard again. If you feel any pain, just stop. Go see a doctor. But this is just a good way to
kinda get the blood flowing, get things loosened up. And I would do that twice on
each hand for 20 or 30 seconds. That’s stretch one. Stretch two is very
similar to stretch one. You can kind of substitute
these in and out for each other, but what you wanna do is
put your fingertips together and then just push your hands out. And you’re kind of stretching
both hands at once, but it feels a little bit different from stretch one that we did. So this is a really good one
if I don’t have a lot of time to warm up or stretch before a
gig or for a practice session because it stretches both
hands at the same time. But again, do that for 20 or 30 seconds. Shake it out. And then do it again. It shouldn’t hurt. It should just feel a nice,
little comfortable stretch. Stretch number three stretches
the top of your forearm. So far I’ve been working
on this area right here, so we’re gonna work on the tops now. Make a fist, and then just
pull it down a little bit. Don’t do it to where it hurts again, but this is a really good stretch. It feels a lot different than
just pulling your hand down. When you make that fist, it’s
a lot more effective stretch. But again, just hold
it for 20 or 30 seconds to where it doesn’t hurt,
but you can feel the stretch. And then just alternate to the other one. I actually had tennis elbow
pretty bad at one point, and it’s cleared up entirely. And this is one stretch
that I do almost every time before I play, just
because I’m paranoid of that tennis elbow coming back, right? The last little stretch
that I have for you is kind of more like a
massage than a stretch. And it feels really nice on your fingers, and it gets your fingers
ready to do some practicing. All you do is take each individual finger and kinda rotate it like this and pull on it a little bit. Often times, I’ll get a crack
in my knuckle from this. I’m not trying to do that, but I’m just trying to
get the blood flowing and limber them up a little bit and get them ready for
some practice, right? Just do it a few times on each finger. And you can do it on
both hands or just one. I tend to only do it on my fretting hand. Those are just a couple of
stretches that you can use and incorporate in your
daily practice time. Pick a couple of them that you like and don’t skimp them, right? Remember, it’s important to warm up. We’ll talk more about warming
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6 Replies to “4 Basic Stretches To Avoid Injuries – Free Guitar Lessons”

  1. Unfortunately, ignored too often. A good video, it'll save you injury. Well worth watching, thank you.

  2. the name of the guitar?BTW,usefull tip for begginers who complain about their fingers pain.They can be used after the guitar session i have about,30-60 min?

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