As an older fiddle player, I need to be mindful that my wrists, hands and fingers are not those of a teenager anymore. Flexibility can diminish with age, so it is important to perform daily exercises to keep my wrists, hands and fingers conditioned and flexible. This will help improve my coordination and improve my playing ability.
I mentioned in my post Physical Conditioning, Flexibility and Coordination that I was a bit overwhelmed by all the information out there. I decided to try and come up with a daily routine. I found what I think is an excellent video on YouTube entitled Wrist, Hand & Finger Stretching Routine – Active Isolated Stretching that was produced by Adarsh Williams. He doesn’t mention it in this video, but from what I have read and seen on other websites, these exercises also help stretch the forearm muscles as well, which is important too. I decided to break down the video into five of his exercises I will use.
STRETCH WRIST FLEXOR MUSCLES – Wrist Extensions
STRETCH WRIST EXTENSOR MUSCLES – Wrist Flexion
STRETCH DEEP PRONATOR MUSCLES – Wrist Supination – Wrist Pronation
EXERCISE FINGER FLEXORS – Finger Extensions – Finger Flexion
EXERCISE FINGER WEBBING – Finger Webbing Stretches
Making these exercises part of my daily routine will certainly help my flexibility as I learn to play the fiddle. I hope you find them helpful too if you are an “older folk” like me learning to play. Let me know what you think.