Previous FM Winners

Open Mic Music Competition

GUITAR PLAYING - WARM UPS

Information about guitar playing warm ups 

 guitar playing warm ups

Guitar Playing Warm Ups: The most underrated part of playing but perhaps one of the most crucial is guitar warm up. Carrying out a guitar playing warm ups routine maybe obvious but will help warm up your muscles in your hands and rest of the body, prevent injury. It can help you become a faster guitar player and be potentially more flexible for your performance thus not putting yourself under unnecessary pressure when coming to perform on stage. 

Guitar Playing Warm Ups

Injury Prevention

So why do we complete guitar playing warm ups? There’s something called Carpel Tunnel Syndrome alongside some other health problems which can cause pain and even stop you from playing. Let’s compare a musician to a sports player. A football player won’t go into a game without doing a few laps of the pitch and some shooting practice because otherwise his muscles wouldn’t be ready. This is the same with a musician and for singers. A guitar player without a warm up could put a lot of strain on cold muscles and tendons. 

HOT TIP! Let your hands adjust to the temperature of the room naturally before starting your guitar playing warm ups. Try and play in warm places because your hands won’t move as well if they are cold and your muscles and tendons won’t be as flexible. 

Stretch

In order to combat injury, start your guitar playing warm ups with some gentle stretches. Below are some examples but remember you are trying to gently stretch, don’t be too harsh. It is also worth noting that although your hands and forearms are doing a lot of the work, your shoulders and back take the weight of the guitar so pay them a little attention too.

  • Simple guitar playing warm ups stretches:
  • Clench your fists into a ball
  • Stretch your palms out
  • Interlink your fingers and stretch outwards
  • Gently bend your wrists outwards

Guitar Playing - Warm Ups

Warm Up Musically

After stretching, the next step in a guitar playing warm ups is to play something musical. The examples below won’t necessarily improve you as a guitarist but will get the blood flowing into your fingers. 

Chromatic Warm Ups Exercise

guitar playing warm ups

HOT TIP! Its important after guitar playing warm ups that you keep yourself flexible so take a break every twenty minutes throughout your practice and simply shake your arms and fingers out for thirty seconds to a minute. 

Take Your Time

Guitar playing warm ups are only as good as the amount of time you take completing it. Some professional musicians spend up to an hour on guitar playing warm ups to reach maximum speed and stretching ability. If you are running a little short on time, simply squeeze a tennis ball.

GUITAR PLAYING WARM UPS

Check out our other useful tips and advice for songwriters below and check out our 2015 Songwriting Competition performance dates by clicking here.

How to get a Gig as a Songwriter

Tips for Playing Guitar

Songwriting Tips

  • GUITAR TECHNIQUES


    GUITAR TECHNIQUES

    Guitar techniques on using dynamics.

    Guitar Techniques: Knowing how to use guitar techniques and dynamics is essential to performers as these can help to spice up your playing, and also your songwriting. Using guitar techniques …

    Read More...
  • SONG STRUCTURE FOR SONGWRITERS


    Song Structure for Songwriters 

    Song structure tips help you to focus your song effectively

     

    Song Structure for Songwriters: So you want to write a hit song? Deciding upon your song structure is one of the most important judgments to …

    Read More...
  • MUSICAL DYNAMICS


    MUSICAL DYNAMICS

    Varying musical dynamics whilst singing

     

    Musical Dynamics: Tips on how a songwriter can use musical dynamics to enhance their performance. Musical dynamics are a tool that all singers can use to prevent their performance …

    Read More...
  • PERFORMING SONG COVERS


    PERFORMING SONG COVERS

    How to perform song covers originally

     

    Performing Song Covers: If you are struggling for inspiration to write songs, you may consider choosing song covers instead. This is obviously a big risk to take, so before you …

    Read More...
  • PLANNING A MUSIC EVENT


    PLANNING A MUSIC EVENT

    Planning a music event before, during and after.

     

    Planning a Music Event: Promotion is one of the most important factors of a music event. Knowing how to successful promote when planning a music event is essential for …

    Read More...
  • GUITAR PLAYING - WARM UPS


    GUITAR PLAYING - WARM UPS

    Information about guitar playing warm ups 

     

    Guitar Playing Warm Ups: The most underrated part of playing but perhaps one of the most crucial is guitar warm up. Carrying out a guitar playing warm ups routine …

    Read More...
  • TIPS ON PLAYING GUITAR


    TIPS ON PLAYING GUITAR

    Tips to help you when performing and playing guitar

     

    Tips on Playing Guitar: Playing guitar whilst performing can throw off even the most experienced of performers so you will maybe have to have the mindset as if you& …

    Read More...

Songwriting Feedback

  • MANCHESTER SONGWRITING COMPETITION


    MANCHESTER SONGWRITING COMPETITION

    Songwriters came to showcase their songs at the Manchester Songwriting Competition

    Manchester Songwriting Competition: Songwriters from the Manchester came to performance in front of industry judges this …

    Read More...
  • SONGWRITING TIPS – GRAND FINAL FEEDBACK


    SONGWRITING TIPS – GRAND FINAL FEEDBACK

    Songwriting Tips from the Winners Songwriting Competition Grand Final.

    Songwriting Tips: Future Music’s Songwriting Competition Grand Final took place this weekend at the world-renowned music …

    Read More...
  • SONGWRITING CONTEST– GRAND FINAL FEEDBACK


    SONGWRITING CONTEST– GRAND FINAL FEEDBACK

    2015 Songwriting Contest Feedback from the Runners Up Songwriters Grand Final.

    Songwriting Contest: Future Music’s Songwriting Contest Grand Final took place this weekend at the world- …

    Read More...
  • READING UK SONGWRITING CONTEST


    READING UK SONGWRITING CONTEST

    Songwriter's feedback provided at the Reading UK Songwriting Contest

    Reading UK Songwriting Contest: Future Music’s songwriting competition came to Sub89 in Reading this weekend for the Reading UK songwriting …

    Read More...
  • SOUTHAMPTON SONGWRITING CONTEST


    SOUTHAMPTON SONGWRITING CONTEST

    Songwriter's feedback is provided at the Southampton songwriting contest

    Southampton Songwriting Contest: Talented songwriters came to The Engine Rooms in Southampton this weekend for the Southampton songwriting …

    Read More...
  • MANCHESTER SONGWRITING CONTEST


    MANCHESTER SONGWRITING CONTEST

    Songwriters came to showcase their songs at the Manchester Songwriting Contest

    Manchester Songwriting Contest: Songwriters from the Manchester came to perform on stage this weekend to showcase their songwriting …

    Read More...
  • SHEFFIELD SONGWRITING CONTEST


    SHEFFIELD SONGWRITING CONTEST

    Feedback was provided for songwriter’s at the Sheffield Songwriting Contest

    Sheffield Songwriting Contest: The best songwriters in the Sheffield area came to perform at the Sheffield Songwriting Contest. The …

    Read More...

Songwriting Contest News

  • UK SONGWRITING CONTEST IN LIVERPOOL


    UK SONGWRITING CONTEST IN LIVERPOOL

    The largest search for UK songwriters comes to Liverpool.

    UK Songwriting Contest in Liverpool: The largest search for UK songwriters is coming to Liverpool. The UK Songwriting Contest in Liverpool is a brand …

    Read More...
  • UK SONGWRITING CONTEST IN READING


    UK SONGWRITING CONTEST IN READING

    Fancy showcasing your songwriting? Check out the brand new UK Songwriting Contest!

    UK Songwriting Contest in Reading: If you are a songwriter from Reading or around the area you should check out the new UK …

    Read More...
  • UK SONGWRITING CONTEST IN MILTON KEYNES


    UK SONGWRITING CONTEST IN MILTON KEYNES

    Calling all talented songwriters from Milton Keynes - The UK Songwriting Contest is looking for you!

    UK Songwriting Contest in Milton Keynes: The brand new UK Songwriting Contest is calling all talented …

    Read More...
  • UK SONGWRITING CONTEST IN BRISTOL


    UK SONGWRITING CONTEST IN BRISTOL

    The new UK Songwriting Contest is coming to Bristol.

    UK Songwriting Contest in Bristol: Future Music has launched a brand new UK Songwriting Contest and it is coming to Bristol. The UK Songwriting Contest in …

    Read More...
  • UK SONGWRITING CONTEST IN SHEFFIELD


    UK SONGWRITING CONTEST IN SHEFFIELD

    Future Music's brand new Songwriting Contest in Sheffield.

    UK Songwriting Contest in Sheffield: Future Music boasts an impressive list of established songwriters, and now they are looking to find the next best …

    Read More...
  • UK SONGWRITING CONTEST IN SOUTHAMPTON


    UK SONGWRITING CONTEST IN SOUTHAMPTON

    The largest UK Songwriting Contest comes to Southampton.

    UK Songwriting Contest in Southampton: The company behind the discovery of many of the best songwriters, Future Music, have produced a new Songwrting …

    Read More...
  • UK SONGWRITING CONTEST IN BRIGHTON


    UK SONGWRITING CONTEST IN BRIGHTON

    Want the chance to potentially get signed as a songwriter? Enter the UK Songwriting Contest in Brighton! 

    UK Songwriting Contest in Brighton: The brand new UK Songwriting Contest is in search for the best …

    Read More...
  • UK SONGWRITING CONTEST IN NEWCASTLE


    UK SONGWRITING CONTEST IN NEWCASTLE

    Get your songwriting heard at the UK Songwriting Contest in Newcastle!  

    UK Songwriting Contest in Newcastle: Future Music is responsible for discovering many of the best songwriters in the UK such as: …

    Read More...