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

Steve Jeter bluesman@JUMPOINT.COM
Thu Jul 17 03:45:56 EDT 1997


Steve Jeter wrote:

> 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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