I totally agree.. Man, I have to warm up
especially if I'm jamming with a band or out. I also agree that I need an hour or two is even better if it's a new place I've not jammed at before, this way I can get used to the surroundings, etc,.. I also don't do any big stretches or anything until I'm pretty warm. You warm up so you can do the harder things such as stretches, etc,.
Thanks.. Just my two cents.. LOL
Originally Posted by JackButlerGOT
Everyday.. multiple times a day.. if I have a break between students or sessions in the same day.. I warm up everytime...been playing for 35 years now and teaching for over 20 of those.. I've seem WAY too many careers cut short by the old "wail and flail" without properly warming.. and everyone thinks.. "not me".. if you don't warm up.. you WILL have problems.. maybe not today.. but eventually you WILL..
My normal warm up is 15-20 mins before a student.. before a show of any kind.. as much as humanly possible.. I'd like about an hour and a half if possible.. especially in a new venue.. 1.) to become familiar with the place and feel comfortable in a new environment and 2) so I can go through things extremely slow and extremely deliberate.. only going all out on a few things in the last bit before the actual performance, so as to not blow my hands up.. its all very organized and very deliberate.
edited to add: I wouldn't do ANY stretches with COLD muscles.. not with a guitar.. not in the gym and not on the mat in the dojo.. get the blood flowing to all the tissues first and then work up to the demanding stuff.