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Gently stretch and strengthen your guitar hands with these simple warm-up exercises.

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Comment by Kathleen Trissel on September 18, 2010 at 2:20pm
You have fly away fingers. It is a challenge to not have fly away fingers, but my understanding is that it affects speed.
Comment by Lisa McCormick : Guitar Teacher on July 2, 2010 at 10:57am
Hi Shawn,

Wow, very interesting video representation of the tendons in the fingers. Thanks for that!

As far as the wrist-bending issue, I believe there is most likely some natural variation from person to person. Myself, I have been playing for my whole life, and have never experienced repetitive motion problems, or problems due to my wrist angle when playing guitar.

I HAVE, however, experienced carpal tunnel problems with other kinds of repetitive manual work. So I definitely know the feeling.

You may be absolutely right that a straighter wrist angle is a better fit for some players. And, I know many players whose wrist angle looks much like mine, for whom it is not a problem.

I think within a reasonable range of options, there is just going to be variation from person to person as to what is the best fit.

-Lisa
Comment by Shawn Blackwell on July 2, 2010 at 10:03am
I'm noticing how much you bend your left wrist in these execises. I've been doing similar exercises for months before you posted this video and am experiencing some nagging pain/inflammation in my left forearm hinting at the possibility of some type of repetitive motion injury developing. Doing some research on the internet I'm finding comments about the need for the wrist to be as straight as possible to lessen the strain on the tendons that move the fingers. The tendons that are responsible for finger movement run from the forearm through the wrist. and to the fingers. From this link:

http://www.eatonhand.com/hw/hw022.htm

" There are no muscles in the fingers themselves. We actually move our fingers by remote control. Muscles in the forearm are connected to the finger bones by smooth, flexible strings, called tendons. The muscles pull on the tendons, which then bend the finger joints. "

Halfway down the page on that link is a nice video-type representation of the tendons/fingers in motion. Anyway, I was wondering if you'd care to comment on this wrist-position issue.

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