|Below are listed a few exercises that I like to use to warm up my hands. You don't need to do these exactly, they are just suggestions. You may 'invent' some of your own that you feel are more helpful to you. That is probably better, because that means you are really attacking your instrument. Either way, I hope these are a help to you.|
This first one will be recorded for you. I'll only give you an idea in the recording to save time and space. Instead of just playing each section 4 or 5 times, play them straight for 30-60 sec each. This is a great warm-up exercise. Best done on the lower strings so you have more resistance. You'll see over time how your playing ability will improve from it.
You do it starting with the open string, hitting with your index finger (1), then hold your index finger down as you hit with your middle finger (2), hold your middle finger down and hit with your ring finger (3), etc...
SHORT EXAMPLE OF THIS EXERCISE
This second exercise section is pretty self-explanatory. Basically, just mix and match fingering patterns up and down each string, across all the strings, etc. On the oud you can go up to the fifth on each string, where the neck meets the body. Just another warm up exercise that helps loosen your fingers. REMEMBER ALWAYS TAKE LOTS OF SHORT BREAKS TO REST.
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Remember that you're not trying to hurt your hands, and there is no competition with anyone but yourself. Take your playing as far as you want to, but don't turn this into an unpleasant experience.
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