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5 Arm Exercises for Musicians

As a musician, maintaining arm strength and flexibility is essential for optimal performance. Incorporating stretching and exercises into your routine can improve flexibility, endurance, speed, and confidence in your playing. In this article, we introduce you to five essential stretches that will keep your arms in playing shape.

From your fingers to your shoulders

Close-up of a person stretching their hand muscles in sunlight, possibly after exercise

FOREARM STRETCH

  • Extend one arm in front of yourself.
  • Let your wrist drop so your hand flops downward.
  • With your other hand, gently pull your fingertips towards yourself.
  • Hold for 15 seconds or until you feel a stretch.
  • Repeat with opposite arm

ELBOW STRETCH

  • Extend one arm straight in front of you.
  • Place your palm facing upward.
  • Place your right hand over your left hand fingers.
  • Gently pull your left hand towards you.
  • Hold for 15 seconds or until you feel a stretch.
  • Repeat with opposite arm

FINGER FLICKS

  • Make a loose fist in front of you.
  • Flick your fingers open.
  • Hold for 15 seconds.
  • Repeat.

FINGER SCISSORS

  • Relax your hands.
  • Spread your fingers apart.
  • Hold for 15 seconds.
  • Repeat.

WRIST CIRCLES

  • Make a loose fist in front of you.
  • Rotate your wrists in a circle several times in one direction.
  • Relax.
  • Repeat in the other direction.

Musicians can get injuries too

Though music may not seem to be as physically demanding as sports, just like athletes, musicians are not immune to injuries. Repetitive movements and poor posture can lead to a variety of injuries such as tendonitis, carpal tunnel syndrome, muscle strains and even nerve damage. Moreover, you can overpractice playing an instrument which puts excessive strain on the muscles and tendons involved.

Just as athletes incorporate stretching and exercises into their routines to prevent injuries, musicians can benefit from similar practices. Regular stretching can help maintain flexibility and reduce the risk of muscle strain, while targeted exercises can strengthen muscles and improve endurance. It's crucial for musicians to listen to their bodies, take breaks when needed, and practice proper technique to avoid overuse injuries and maintain their ability to perform at their best.

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