Re: Anyone else need to warm up before they start playing?
I'm a self taught dude, with no theory, no nadda. I just play from tabs and by ear. The bit below is my layman warm up.
Megadeth - Washington is Next - youtu.be/VwEp37Yp9rg
Buckethead - Siege Engine - youtu.be/JsjYqm-2PDk
Tab: tabs.ultimate-guitar.com/b/buckethead/siege_engine_ver2_guitar_pro_831051id_01062009date .htm
Washington is next gets the powerchords into play and some light leads.
Siege Engine... that's the full chord pronunciation and muting in strum, stretching, and hammer on / pull offs. Play as much of it as you can, and learn a bit more of it at a time if you're not proficient enough to do it all from the get go.
Siege engine has a stretch of 0h7h12 12p7p0 0h3h8 8p3p0
I believe warming up... is doing an exercise that your muscle memory has down and can perform without strain. For some people it's a scale but I don't think it has to be. These tracks are my warm ups, because my memory has them down from playing them so often. Same with Megadeth's Take No Prisoners. That song is hell for your hands... real pure hell, if you're not used to it, but it's in my hands' memory bank so to speak. Doesn't strain me. Playing Siege Engine regularly is like doing yoga or something... just keeps me flexible 24/7. I highly recommend it. Warm ups now for me aren't about sorting out my hands so much as making sure i'm not playing like crap.