Index finger. Keep the top
pads of your finger flat against the wall as you let gravity pull the
rest of your hand down...
finger. It looks more painful than it actually is! The redness and
white spots are just where the blood flow has been momentarily
Next try stretching all the fingers together by pushing them back with
the palm of your other hand as demonstrated...
Now, slowly clench that
same hand into a fist, tighter and tighter.
Make sure it's a gradual tightening. No sudden movements.
probably feel a weird burning sensation because your fingers will still
be in their stretched position from the other exercises. Unclench your
fist and then clench again. The sensation will soon disappear.
Again, slowly clench and unclench (your fist...) about 10 times and then
desk/wall and fist exercises a couple more times.
the same for the other hand, especially if you're playing fingerstyle.
Wiggle your fingers around a little. Shake your hand as you would if
you'd washed your hands and there was no towel to dry them!
All that should only take you 3 minutes max.
OK, now it's time to pick up the guitar for some more finger stretching
Finger Stretching Exercises Using the Guitar
Before we actually use our fingers on the fretboard to warm up, we can use the neck of the guitar for one final stretching exercise.
Simply create a V shape between two fingers at a time and lodge the
neck between them, pushing them apart.
might want to hold the top of the neck as you do this (close to where
the neck meets the guitar's body) so you don't put too much pressure on
against the neck to stretch out your fingers. Do this for each finger
pairing for a total of 2 minutes. If you prefer, you could simply part
your fingers into the V shape using your other hand, but I find using
the guitar neck gives you a more solid pressure point.
Again, wiggle your fingers.
fingers should now be loose and ready to play and it should have only taken you about five minutes in total!
Don't break the habit.