Getting Your Hands Back

For whatever reason, we all have to spend some time away from our guitars…

It’s never fun, but it happens. Maybe it’s an injury, maybe it’s work travel…

Maybe it’s just that the kids have been sick and your time hasn’t been your own. It doesn’t matter, you want to get back to where you were as quickly, and safely, as possible.

So I’ll give you some suggestions on ways to build back up to the sort of practicing you were doing before you had to be away.

By the way, the course, Blues Speed Building Blocks, can be found at https://bluesguitarunleashed.com/get-blues-speed-building-blocks/

17 Comments

  • Jack G

    Reply Reply May 16, 2019

    Griff
    Congratulations Thanks for your advice on loosening up your fingers after a layoff on the guitar looking for more lessons in the future. Jack G

  • Ron Eve

    Reply Reply May 12, 2019

    I’ve developed arthritis in both hands which is making life a little difficult! I’ve been told to do hand exercises to improve the movement. Funny thing is I’ve found playing guitar seems to help a bit (obviously not stretching to much). But Griff’s exercises might help more I think!

    Thanks again Griff for all your work and lessons I’ve been following (and buying) for 10 years now!

  • Ron H.

    Reply Reply May 9, 2019

    Congrats Griff on the Billboard honor. I look forward to your lessons every day — you are the blues master!

  • Rick

    Reply Reply May 9, 2019

    I am just getting over braking my arm. This lesson is just what I needed.
    Thanks Grif. Congratulations On your album.

  • Ian Robins

    Reply Reply May 8, 2019

    Congratulations, Griff. Well deserved and couldn’t happen to a nicer guy or better teacher. As a retired teacher I know how much it means to see something concrete achieved. Again, well done!

  • Dave D

    Reply Reply May 8, 2019

    Congrats Griff! You are an awesome teacher and I have learned so much from you! Love your advice on getting back to the guitar 20 minutes at a time! I do the same thing when struggling with a new song that is more challenging than most I have learned, You and your band deserve the best!!

    Dave

  • Art Batti

    Reply Reply May 8, 2019

    Congrats, thanks for all of the great lessons. You are a life saver can’t wait to hear you on Bluesville while Imam riding the Harley.

  • Lynn Williams

    Reply Reply May 8, 2019

    Hi Griff
    Congrats on the album and thanks so much this lesson! Like a couple of others have said, this is very timely; I broke my right wrist a few weeks ago and am still in a cast, so I haven’t been able to do any picking. I’ve been doing a little bit fingerpicking, but the cast really gets in the way. I’ve been left just doing fretting hand stuff like hammer-ons and pull-offs, plucking the string lightly with an available right-hand finger. The cast comes off in 2 weeks, so this lesson will help get me back in the groove.

    • PAUL

      Reply Reply May 8, 2019

      SINCE I HAVE BEN DISABLED, MY BAND MATES JUST REALEASED THERE CD.
      BRINGS BACK MEORIES WHEN WE WERE JUST 16 AND HAD OUR SONG ON THE TOP TEN HIT LIST. FEELS GREAT! JUST AM RADIO BACK THEN.
      KIND OF BUNMBED THOUGH, THE VIEO WAS BLANK NEVER LOADAED.
      I HAPPY FOR YOU GRIFF, YOU DESURVE TO BE FAMOUS.
      TOO BAD MY CHID HOOD FRIEND IN THE GANG, JUST RETIRED FROM PUBLISHING HE WAS ASO PAUL SIMONS ROAD MANAGER
      I WOULD HOOK YOU UP AND HE WOULD SEND YOU TO THE HOUSE OF BLUES.
      PR!! I PLAYED THERE IN 1996. I HAVE SENT MY BAND MATES YOUR SOONG, THEY ALL DOWNLOAD IT FROM I TUNES. THEY WHERE BOWEN AWAY.

  • Steve Z.

    Reply Reply May 8, 2019

    Great advice Griff!! Just letting you know I downloaded the album from Amazon and burned a CD for the car. Looking forward to my next drive time!!

  • DaveyJoe

    Reply Reply May 8, 2019

    Excellent advice, Griff.
    5/8/19

  • Fred

    Reply Reply May 8, 2019

    Great tips, Griff. I’m sure, being the pro that you are, you will have absolutely no problem jumping back in. Huge congrats on #1 and #9. The sky is the limit for you and the band.

  • Ken M

    Reply Reply May 8, 2019

    Good timing for me too for this video . I’ve had to move all my gear to my storage bldg outside . Renovating to keep humidity and temp levels to accomadate guitars and amps and humans old humans 😩. Not easy in thibodaux la. So I’m taking the opportunity to soundproof and run better lighting . Been at it a week and haven’t played in that time grrrrrr. I’ll take your advise
    And start back slow so I don’t get frustrated . Love your courses
    And I’m a fan of your new album at least what I’ve heard so far .
    I’ll be ordering it today . Tks to all you grown ups out there who appreciate real music . Most young people are really missing out too bad . I introduced my oldest son to blues and early rock when he was 13 , more than 25 years ago and he has stayed with it.
    Wish I had ! I’ve been serious about it for 4 years or so and I hate missing a day of playing.

  • Gary L Hamby

    Reply Reply May 8, 2019

    Congratulations on #9!!! Well deserved indeed.

  • Keith Law

    Reply Reply May 8, 2019

    What perfect timing.
    I’ve only just started playing again yesterday .after 3 weeks due to injuring my ribs and I feel so clumsy, this is so helpful.
    Many congratulations on your well deserved success and many thanks for all your help in this blog and from your courses

  • Stewart

    Reply Reply May 8, 2019

    Congratulations Griff.

  • Layne

    Reply Reply May 8, 2019

    Congratulations for debuting at #9 on Billboard! I can’t think a guy who deserves it more than you. Thanks for all you do to help us on our guitar journey!

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