Guitar-less Wrist Exercises


If you want to practice your guitar, but you don’t actually have a guitar with you, there are still some things that you can do.  Stretches of the wrist and arm can have a great benefit to your playing, and best of all you can do them anywhere, with or without an actual guitar.  These wrist stretches are from a Japanese martial art called Aikido. The following is from http://www.uta.edu/studentorgs/aikido/Assets/Docs/aikitaisos.PDF.

1. Nikyo Undo

From a natural stance, raise your left arm horizontally as you look at the back of your hand and place your right palm over the first knuckle of your left hand. the “One” count has you bend your left wrist with your right hand and push your left elbow forward. Your fingers must be pointed away from you in order to feel the stretch through the entire arm and to the shoulder. This exercise is very useful in relieving tension from your shoulder. Release your hand and repeaet several times for each hand.

2. Sankyo Undo

From a natural stance, look at the back of your left hand with fingers pointing downward, then grasp the blade of your hand with your right hand. The “One” count has you twist your left hand with your right hand as you move your left elbow diagonally forward. Keep the elbow bent so that your feel the twist in your upper arm. Release your hand and repeat several times for each hand.

3. Kotegaeshi Undo

From a natural stance, look at your left palm as you place your right palm behind it. Hook your last two fingers of your right hand around the ase of the left thumb and place your right thumb at the base of the left little finger. The “One” count has both hands dropping together, causing the left wrist to bend and twist naturally. You should feel the stretch through the entire arm.  Release your hand and repeat several times for each hand.

4. Tekubi Shindo Undo

Keep your hands at your sides and stand naturally. Relax and start shaking your wrists first, then arms and body. You must keep your one-point throughtout the exercise.  

If you have any questions or comments please email me at mdguitarteacher@gmail.com.

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One Response

  1. hmm pictures would make this A LOT much simpiler to understand…

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