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 advice for playing in cold weather? 
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is evil...Evil Joe
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i haven't done many outside gigs, but there's an annual event held on my campus i'm playing tomorrow and the weather is expect to be 49 degrees but feels like 42 -- aka fucking COLD. i have a bunch of shred incorporated in my solos and i wanna make sure i nail it despite the weather... should i get hand warmers..... just wear gloves... get those things football players use? any advice as to what works well is appreciated thx!


Fri Apr 16, 2010 6:54 pm
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Use Bengay. Rub some of that on your hands and it will help warm (and loosen)them up pretty quick. That's what I used to do before going out on stage. The con is that your hands will be pretty greasy (and smell like menthol), but you can always wipe them down. :wink:

I'm told Icy/Hot will do the trick as well, but I've never used it so I can't tell you from personal experience.

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I've heard that puttin your hands into hot water is good, but Ive never done it!

I always get a little nervous before I hit the stage, so it can be 100 degrees out and my hands will still be freezing on the first song!

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Stretch them out, massage/rub your hands together, put your hands in your armpits or sit on them for a little bit, wash them with warm water for a while, or have a hot beverage that can help you warm your body/hands like coffee or even hot soup if you can.


Also play with confidence. If you have the stuff down cold, you can't mess it up despite anything.


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play in hot weather

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you're screwed. . . i'm serious.. . . you might be able to play for 5 mins top.

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A friend of mine once told me to wash my hands with extremely cold water. I did it, and played like shit!

A good advice is to stretch your arm-forearm-wristle-hand a lot.. I mean, even 15-20 min. if necessary. And don't forget to stretch your whole body!

p.s.: a shot of Burboun will help you too!

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Running warm water over your hands near playing time can shred your callouses like no other. What I'd recommend is finding some thin rubber gloves (like what doctors use) for wearing under some hot water. You get the heat in your muscles and tendons, but none of the water gets absorbed.


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thx a lot for the responses, i ended up having down time between a few songs and just shredded some scales quick -- also soaked my hands in hot water before i went on. ended up not missing a note!! i was really happy with how i played much thanks

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eww natural lights haha :) but yea good for you dude, thats the way to do it!

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