As an older person, physical conditioning, flexibility and coordination are essential parts of learning how to play the fiddle. I can practice all I want, but if the muscles and joints in my fingers, hands, wrists, and arms are not conditioned and flexible, my coordination will be poor and my progress will be minimal.
In the first two weeks I’ve found it is difficult to hold the bow and finger the strings, getting body parts to go where I want them to, without tiring and feeling discomfort within a very short time. I know this is partially due to new movements my muscles and joints are not used to, but it is mainly due to my age and body composition. With age, we all begin to lose muscle and joint strength, flexibility and coordination.
I’ve started researching and reading about exercises for improved strength, flexibility and coordination, but there is so much out there. One of my projects this week, while I continue to practice left hand finger movements with some simple tunes, is to begin organizing the information I’ve been collecting into a list or daily routine of exercises I can do to help my fingers, hands, wrists and arms play beautiful music.:) I plan on making additional posts as I formulate my routine.
D’Addario Varigrip Adjustable Hand Exerciser
One thing I have already done towards this end is to buy a D’Addario Varigrip Adjustable Hand Exerciser through Amazon.
The Varigrip Hand Exerciser is a pocket-sized conditioning tool that provides strength, speed building, and maintenance for the entire hand, wrist and forearm. It allows adjustable tension to each spring-loaded piston for an isolated and individual finger workout, helping to develop strength and dexterity in the fingers, hands and forearms.
I only got it today. I will do a review of it after using it for a while. So, stay tuned for that and additional posts on exercises for finger, hand, wrist and arm conditioning and flexibility.
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