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Hand Yoga for Guitarists

Last month, a former student started guitar lessons with me after a long hiatus. She was one of my best last year, and unfortunately, lack of upkeep has atrophied her once strong hands. So, I decided to create an exercise routine for her hands! I love yoga for my body, and sometimes I joke around that guitar chords are like doing yoga with your hands. You have to be strong and flexible in order to get into the really tough positions. Afterward, I thought, maybe the other teachers on Music Teacher’s Helper would like to know this routine! I think it would work for piano students too. Be sure to work both hands at the same time whether you are a guitarist or not. In the guitar, both hands must be strong and flexible! With each position you want to really feel a stretch, so push it to your maximum. Try to make the pose perfect and straight. When you point one finger up, point it STRAIGHT up, not bent. When you spread your palms wide, really SPREAD them WIDE.

I put together a video of a condensed routine. I go pretty fast, but you should take your time with each pose. I got a little goofy when naming the poses. See if you can guess which poses I named “Hang Ten,” “Heavy Metal,” “Peace Sign,” “Rock Pose,” “Sun Burst,” “Skyscraper,” “Bad Word,” “Fake Bad Word,” “Pinky.”

Yes, that is a stuck up middle finger in the routine, but who cares? You have to exercise all of your fingers! Laugh a little and tell your student you won’t tell on them ๐Ÿ™‚











About the Author

Bella Payne
While working on a degree in Sociology with plans to become a Social Worker, I fell into teaching piano lessons as a way to pay my bills. I had no idea I was stumbling into a totally fulfilling, creative and exciting career! Every day, I teach several students in their homes, in my home, and online how to play piano from scratch. Over the last 10 years, I have seen kids and adults go from timid b... [Read more]


  1. eugene cantera

    This is really neat, I would like to Pin this for our followers – I believe this little routine would be great for all instrumentalists. It’s amazing how the same techniques carry over from instrument to instrument – namely, a relaxed hand position with fingers loosely curved. And one of the most commonly practiced techniques works on independent movement of the 3rd and 4th fingers of each hand. This little routine will surely help and besides, the music is way cool!

  2. Bella Payne

    Glad you like it! I hope it helps your followers ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. moniquebliss

    My obsession is to play more piece in guitar so I would love to do this hand yoga and definitely it would really help me a lot. I am glad that you shared it in here so that people would know about it.

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  4. guitar picks

    This is just amazing. Thank you for coming up with a very helpful video. This just shows your love for music and your desire to help others with their dreams. I am starting out to learn how to play the guitar and this โ€œhand yogaโ€ will certainly help me out. Thank you so much.

  5. Bella Payne

    You are very welcome!

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