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I wanted to ask this question for a long time now and finally doing it. Sometimes when I practice on guitar, my hands and fingers just feel odd. It feels like my fingers does not want to play, I do silly mistakes and play badly, but sometimes, I convert my practice to masterpiece shreds and play my best, with the blasting speed and good rhythm.

Any advice? Is it me or do you people feel like that too?

  • That definitely happens to me also. That's why I try to practice above the level I'm gigging at. If I have a bad day at a gig, I want to still be playing stuff all right because it's easier than my absolute best. – Todd Wilcox Jan 16 '16 at 16:21
  • Isn't it strange? Haven't found any solution yet – Brsgamer Jan 16 '16 at 16:22
  • Please consider more informative subject – teodozjan Jan 16 '16 at 18:49
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That used to happen to me quite a bit when I took a sabbatical from my day job and started playing guitar all day long. I can only attribute my experience to fatigue and over training. I could feel that my fingers and hands were stiffening up.

What you are experiencing could very well be related to how much muscle fatigue your hands and fingers have been subjected to prior to the time you practice. For example if you use your fretting hand all day doing other task such as typing, driving, holding things (especially anything with more weight than a pencil) or texting - it's quite possible that by the end of the day your hands are just tired.

Also, if you practice too much without rest, you can stress out the muscles and they will protest by responding more sluggishly (even the entire next day). Tired muscles don't respond as efficiently as well rested ones do.

Certain mineral deficiencies can also contribute to muscle cramping and fatigue. I try to eat a banana or avocado every day to maintain potassium levels in my body and take a magnesium supplement.

Good hydration is very important. If you are using any type of diuretic substance (caffeine, energy drinks, nasal decongestants, prescription meds) all of your muscles (including the ones in your hands) will have a greater tendency to tighten up or cramp. Be sure you drink plenty of water all the time.

It is also a good idea to start every practice session with some gentle warm up and stretching exercises. End each practice session with some more stretching which will help dissipate any lactic acid build up in muscles that have been subjected to higher intensity use (such as when engaging in masterpiece shreds at blasting speed).

If your body is trying to tell you that it is tired, it's best to listen. If you find that your fingers just don't seem to want to work like they should, that might be a sign that you need to rest. And perhaps add the proper nutrients and hydration.

Hopefully if you follow some of my suggestions above - all of your practice sessions will find you playing masterpiece shreds with few mistakes.

Remember to keep it fun!

  • @NeilMeyer - new user apparently accepted the answer but did not realize he could also upvote it. Looks like some folks have discovered the nuggets of wisdom in the answer by now and upvoted. Thanks for yours if you were one of them. – Rockin Cowboy Jan 18 '16 at 17:19
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I think it's because we're human. Humans are fallible - proved by many every day! If we were machines, we'd do the same thing at the same level each time. But we're not. We get tired, we are in 'the wrong mood', we have other things that seem to take precedence, etc., etc.

If the practice isn't working, then why continue? There'll always be a better time later. There's a need to establish a good practice regime, but also a good time for this to happen. May be first thing in the morning, when one is fresh, or last thing at night, when all the worries of the day have been sorted (or ignored). Being in the right frame of mind is so important, too. So, try many different times - but also different rooms/venues.

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This odd sensation could simply just be a bunch of muscles that otherwise do not get a lot of exercise may start to begin developing now. You develop muscle with in the fine motor reflexes that do not otherwise develop much when a person does not play any dexterity based instrument.

I would only worry about it if you start experiencing pain but until then consider that your practicing routine is developing muscles.

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