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Re: Sorry, another cold hands thread.... [Re: kevinb] #1650157
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Part of the problem is our house is somewhat cold during this still frigid New England spring, and because the room my piano is in is new and better insulated than the rest of the house, I hesitate to turn up the heat. Turning the downstairs thermostat up 1 degree warms the piano room about 3. It's a new grand, and I've just in the last two months or so seen it stabilize a bit. Before that, it's needed a tune just about every 4 weeks.

I really appreciate some of the creative suggestions. I'll experiment with a few (I love the rice one!) and see how I do....

Thanks for all...

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Re: Sorry, another cold hands thread.... [Re: cardguy] #1650321
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Answer: You may have poor circulation in your hands.
If that is the case, check to see if your feet are cold too, because they might have poor circulation.

Do you wear gloves in the winter? If you don't, that is the time to start wearing gloves.

Perhaps put some gloves on during the night too?


Put some olive oil, coconut oil, raw honey or some natural oil containing Vitamin E on your hands in the winter so they don't get chapped or dried out. Put it on right before you go to bed so that when you wake up in the morning, your hands will be healed.

Vitamin E is recommended for good skin.

Perhaps you have hypothyroidism? Check that possibility out.
Perhaps you should check your iodine levels or your diet that may contribute to this?


Other possible conditions including diabetes.

Try exercise. Go run for a mile or lift some weights.




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Re: Sorry, another cold hands thread.... [Re: Claude56] #1650333
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[quote=Claude56
Try exercise. Go run for a mile or lift some weights.
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Or just lift the piano wink

Re: Sorry, another cold hands thread.... [Re: kevinb] #1650493
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Originally Posted by kevinb
[quote=Claude56
Try exercise. Go run for a mile or lift some weights.


Or just lift the piano wink
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Or I could just turn up the heat ;-0

Re: Sorry, another cold hands thread.... [Re: cardguy] #1651587
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I suffer from the same problem of cold hands as well, which is awfully ironic considering that I live right next door to the equator. Which also means people abuse the aircon without consideration of the immediate and not so immediate environment. Add that to poor circulation (and shoddy technique to begin with) and I can hardly play a scale without fumbling when it's cold. I've not tried any hand warming techniques other than sticking my hands in my pockets for as long as possible, but that's probably not anywhere near the best method.

Re: Sorry, another cold hands thread.... [Re: cardguy] #1651977
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i have reynauds too and it does effect my playing. i have to warm up SLOWLY when my hands are cold.


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Re: Sorry, another cold hands thread.... [Re: cardguy] #1652021
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Place your hands in a bowl of warm water before you practice. You will feel the difference within a matter of minutes.


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Re: Sorry, another cold hands thread.... [Re: cardguy] #1725682
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Yes, unfortunately cold hands affect your dexterity while playing piano. It's possible to play reasonably well with cold hands, but in order to be in maximum shape, to enjoy your performance and feel comfortable, your hands have to be warm.

It's much better to solve this problem instead of learning how to cope with it. Gloves and hot water can warm your hands for a few minutes/hours, but they cannot solve the problem on the long run. For this, we have to address the causes of this condition - mental and physical tension (usually triggered by anxiety and stress), lack of physical movement, detrimental habits and so on.

I recently wrote an article on this subject - you can check it out (it's free!), I hope it will be helpful for all pianists struggling with the unpleasant 'cold hands syndrome': How to Get Rid of Cold Hands? Tips for Pianists.


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Re: Sorry, another cold hands thread.... [Re: cardguy] #1725730
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I lose a lot of dexterity when my hands are cold. I have Raynaud's, and in very cold weather I can't bend my fingers at all. There's really nothing that works in winter, but in summer soaking my hands in warm water for a few minutes warms them up nicely.

Re: Sorry, another cold hands thread.... [Re: cardguy] #1726000
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I think a remeber quite a while ago reading an interview with Angela Hewitt in which she said that she would never program Gaspard De La Nuit in a hall she didn't know because they are sometimes cold.

Re: Sorry, another cold hands thread.... [Re: cardguy] #1726042
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Female concert pianists are rarely (if ever) warmly dressed... It must not be easy for them in a cold concert hall!
On the other hand, male concert pianists must suffocate sometimes in their suits when it is too hot.



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Re: Sorry, another cold hands thread.... [Re: cardguy] #1727129
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Don't forget that smoking causes peripheral vasoconstriction and makes your fingers cold. Of course you shouldn't smoke anyway....

Also the exersize suggestions are correct. Body heat and blood flow are the main factor in hand temp. Climb stairs, do a chore, handle some heavy books etc


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Re: Sorry, another cold hands thread.... [Re: cardguy] #1728085
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Hi,

By my performing and practicing experience I have had two types of cold hands:

1) If there is a muscular tension, this will make the blood flow slower and the hands get tired and cold. This is a problem of playing technique and habits. I know lot of pianists who suffer from this problem.

How to solve? - Usually with this problem part of hands or some muscules are stiff and they work against the whole. If you try to feel motion in all your hand and body parts while playing and this moving energy is confluent and directed to do the right thing, the problem should solve. Also - strenghten your blood flow.

2) If the adrenalin flow is strong. In this situation I do not lose anything. Even if my hands get cold. Coldness from nerves and excitement does not bring my playing quality down. Maybe it so just with me... Still I have to say that this type of cold hands has not appeared for a long period.


Sometimes when you are just tired and have not slept enough, the body has less energy and the first parts that become cold are feet and hands.

What always helps is sports. If you start doing sports that needs stamina, (long distance running, riding the bike etc.) all the factors that are affected by blood flow get better. It seemed so easy to perform a recital after running a rough 10 km distance. This can also develop willpower and concentration and of course cold hands will disappear with better blood flow.

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