[Fwd: Age, physical activity, and guitar playing]

Steve Jeter bluesman@JUMPOINT.COM
Wed Jul 16 18:37:40 EDT 1997


Steve Jeter wrote:

> HEH-hehe! Great seguey from the string about age!
> I'm with you, Rick. I just messed around with guitar, (before becoming
>
> one of those slimy business "suits") but I did play piano, bass,
> violin,
> and drums for 16 years in my younger days. I also hada father that was
> a
> "genius" on the level of working with his hands. We kept up 22 rent
> houses, on the weekend, and ran a ranch, besides his FULL time job. It
>
> wasn't long before I noticed that my smashed fingers and swollen hands
>
> (even young) weren't cuttin' it at performances.
> Then I read something by Groucho about Chico, his brother that was an
> incredible piano man. When asked how much his brother practiced,
> warmed
> up, and how he kept his hands in such good shape..Groucho said that
> none
> of them practiced their talents, or warmed up, but that they all
> enjoyed
> watching Chico go thru his warm-up. It consisted of standing in front
> of
> a sink, and letting warm water run over both hands...while being
> "serviced" by one of the vaudeville strippers.
> I took his advise to heart, but alas, only became adept at half of the
>
> routine.
> Running warm water, DOES seem to help though.
>
> Steve
>
> > Anyway, I spent 3 hours wrestling a chainsaw this past Saturday, and
>
> > though
> > I'm very fit (for 38 ;-)  I'll tell ya, I'm sore as a bastard and my
>
> > normally
> > clumsy fingers are more so, now like sausages (mmmmmm! sausage) and
> my
> > guitar
> > playing nimbleness was more than a little compromised for several
> > days.
> >
> > I've started to treat my hands the way a surgeon might--acutely
> aware
> > of how I handle knives washing dishes, use a hammer, cut firewood,
> use
> > a
> > scalpel, use tools under the hood of my car, etc, etc. Know what I
> > mean?
> >
> > So, how many of you out there have found that since becoming some
> kind
> > of
> > semi-serious player, you've actually modified your physical
> activites
> > and
> > changed the way you do things in daily life to consciously protect
> and
> >
> > baby your hands?  ***************************************
>
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>
>



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