Finger Hand Wrist Forearm Strength Exercise for Guitar & Bass

Guitarists must use proper guitar & bass exercises to add strength to their finger, hand, wrist, forearm & elbow. Dr. Terry Zachary explains how the finger muscles work when playing guitar and how guitarist must strengthen all fingers muscles in order to have maximum speed, strength, stamina & accuracy, as well as prevent injuries to the fingers, hand, wrist forearm & elbow such as tennis elbow, carpal tunnel syndrome, tendonitis, fatigue, cramping and RSI (repetitive stress injury). Dr. Zachary uses sEMG to show why guitarist should use ghs Handmaster Plus to strengthen all hand muscles for maximum support and maximum injury prevention. ghs Handmaster Plus is available at

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  1. stover81291, 01 June, 2009

    hey im trying to strengthen and speed up my hands for drumming, wouldnt this be good to try? i see what ur talking about with the extender muscles cause i was just opening and closing my hand and i got a workout lol

  2. doczac, 03 June, 2009


    The extensor muscles are active stabilizing muscles (similar to the core muscles) for hand & wrist action in drumming. We see many thumb, finger and wrist extensor muscle injuries (tendinitis) in drummers. Handmaster Plus supplies natural full ROM resistances to all 18 muscles of the hand (including the 9 muscles that open the hand) and includes 3 specific exercises for building all hand and stabilizer muscles.


  3. abdulsadiq, 17 June, 2009

    hey terry, where can i find this product??

  4. Shiiransama, 05 August, 2009

    Would this product break easily? I’ve seen many reviews where the elastics would snap, would you provide a replacement?

  5. doczac, 05 August, 2009

    Thanks for your q. We had a few less than adequate production runs from our previous manufacture who ended our relationship with. These cords received some bad press. We now control the material completely and use a thermoplastic elastomere material from USA. The cord quality is now excellent. We have replaced any cords that broke due to manufacturers defect. Our customers are most important to us!

  6. myspacceer, 13 August, 2009

    what kind of muscles are used in the right arm in bass guitar?

  7. doczac, 13 August, 2009

    Hi myspacceer:
    By right hand, I assume plucking/picking hand. The issue (in both hands) is similar to any guitar (finger flexors act & finger extensors stabilize) except it is accentuated as the wrist extensor muscles are overused also (wrists are flexed, not neutral ) – puts big demands on ALL muscles! We see more muscle imbalance & blood flow problems in bass players. Handmaster Plus design conveniently keeps you strong/balanced. Bass players use all 18 hand + wrist muscles.

  8. gatbearer576, 14 August, 2009

    couldn’t I just use a rubberball, whats the difference between the 2?

  9. doczac, 14 August, 2009

    Hi gatbearer576:
    Squeezing a ball is the old way of thinking. Musicians continue to see hand, wrist and elbow injuries and performance problems because the muscles that open the hand (finger extensors and abductors) are not kept in proper tone. This leads to muscle imbalnce and extensor injuries. The video explains this well. Rubber balls only address the flexor muscles, not the extensor muscles. The result is muscle imbalnce & poor blood flow.

  10. gryffin12345, 01 September, 2009

    Hi, I get a lot of cramping in the joint between my hand and my thumb whenever I play power chords. Would this help?

  11. doczac, 01 September, 2009

    Hi gryffin12345:
    Regular balanced exercise using Handmater Plus accomplishes 3 things. First it strengthens all 18 finger muscles of the hand thru full ROM’s. Second, it balances the flexor muscles with the extensor muscles, & third, it maximizes blood flow. All of these factors lend to lessening cramping & improving stamina for performance. I believe Handmaster Plus should be standard equipment for all guitarists. It would reduce so many needless injurie that we see regularly.

  12. coulsonsam87, 04 September, 2009

    Hi DocZakk, im a pro guitarist and i sometimes get pain in my forearm. after watching this video it seems clear that the problem is i dont have the same strength opening my hand as i do closing it. i think allot of the problem comes from my wide vibrato. do you think these excercises will benefit me?

  13. rubberting, 29 September, 2009

    How long would you have to use these a day to see improvements in a fatigued left forearm (guitarist) .

  14. zdlore1985, 14 October, 2009

    Hi, I’m a guitarist and I play sports and use my hands continually through work, and I’ve developed tendonitis of the extensor muscles in both my forearms. The problem is not so bad where I can’t perform activities. However, there is a consistent ache and a loss of strength and stamina especially while playing guitar. I’m interested in ordering the hand master plus. If I do get it should I begin using it or should I rest my hands as much as possible? Should I avoid activity or not?

  15. banglizette, 29 November, 2009

    Hi Dr. Zachary,

    Can’t I build the same strength by doing wrist curls and reverse wrist curls? They are still working the fingers, wrists, and forearms.

    Thanks for responding.
    Take care

  16. ScorchinBeats, 20 December, 2009

    What are the most important exercises to help increase the strength of my right (picking) hand. When I play fast licks my picking hand can’t keep up haha.

  17. GreenAshR46, 30 December, 2009

    There’s nothing wrong with advertising your product, but if it’s a commercial, it should say it’s a commercial, and not pretend to be an instructional video.

  18. LuisSlash, 08 January, 2010

    I HAVE tennis elbow…i am ion terapys

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  20. SillyHatVideos, 12 January, 2010

    This is a great idea, I play bass, i’m very interested in this. I’m very new, so I want to develop muscles and skill properly, i’ll have to look into this product

  21. mycahman, 16 January, 2010

    most professional baseball players also do wrist curls. basicly like arm curls but instead of bending your elbows bend your wrists. turn your wrists different ways to excersize different muscles

  22. stevieVantanna, 21 January, 2010

    These really work. I used on for 2 minutes and suddenly I was doing stuff I forgot that i once knew how to do. I still have golfer’s elbow, but these things are much better that a Powerball or Gripmaster.

  23. thimsmot, 13 February, 2010

    Firstly, I might agree with you if we were paying for access to YouTube videos. But since we are not, you are just looking a gift horse in the mouth. So, quityerbitchen…

    Secondly, this video IS instructional. I’ve been playing guitar for many years and learned more about the subject in the 6 minutes it took to watch it than in all my years of playing.

  24. saintpk, 04 March, 2010

    hand muslces are easy to work out, keep your nails clipped, creates ability to have a firmer grip (without the nails holding you back) i noticed my knuckles and fingers got a little weaker when i didnt clip than for awhile, i clipped them and it strengthened back up within a month of doing normal every day things

  25. mmhjerry99, 21 March, 2010

    This little exercise tool has helped me tremendously. I strongly recommend it for anyone who has felt uncomfortable fatigue anywhere from the elbows to the fingertips after playing your instrument!

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