" -Non-Purist's" - Arm Sleeve

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" -Non-Purist's" - Arm Sleeve

Post by jhapgood » Tue Feb 25, 2014 4:41 pm

At the risk of starting a riot and being branded as an outcast, I will mention an experiment I conducted recently by utilizing a football forearm guard as a sleeve to provide additional right arm padding and comfort while playing for extended periods.

Rather than using the guard with the padding facing outward, I turn the padding to the inside of the arm, and it is so very comfortable. The fit is firm and snug, and it does not shift or move around even after using it for a long while.

The outside of the sleeve is a tightly woven nylon, so it is quite smooth and allows easy right arm movement across the guitar without hanging up.

I realize that playing the classical guitar is not a contact sport, but it worked so well that I plan to continue to use it, even if it means I'll be mocked and jeered at from this point on! :lol:

The price was only about $10.00, and I've got two "guards" or sleeves that I can use. Just thought I'd share this for anyone else brave enough to try it! :roll:

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Joe
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Post by Glene » Tue Feb 25, 2014 4:59 pm

That sounds like a very simple but affective idea. I will definitely give it a try.

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Re: " -Non-Purist's" - Arm Sleeve

Post by Steve O » Tue Feb 25, 2014 7:13 pm

I usually play with long sleeves, but the last time one of my dress socks developed a hole I cut the foot off and used the cuff as an arm sleeve.

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Post by jhapgood » Tue Feb 25, 2014 7:25 pm

The only drawback in using the "arm guard" so far is that I have this strong urge to tackle someone every time I slip it on, but other than that it's been working great! :lol:

Joe
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Post by Nate Miller » Tue Apr 08, 2014 2:16 pm

I've also taken an athletic sock and cut the toe off so it makes a "sleeve"

The "old sock" arm sleeve is one I've seen guys use since I was a kid.

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Re: " -Non-Purist's" - Arm Sleeve

Post by slidika » Fri Jun 13, 2014 11:10 am

I usually use cut-off white tube sweat socks -- they work very well. My 'practice' socks are the ones with holes or fraying, while my 'performance' socks don't have any noticeable issues. 8)
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Post by bear » Fri Jun 13, 2014 11:21 am

I also use a sock. Shari Lewis*, would be proud.

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Post by FHC » Fri Jun 13, 2014 2:51 pm

jhapgood wrote:At the risk of starting a riot and being branded as an outcast, I will mention an experiment I conducted recently by utilizing a football forearm guard as a sleeve to provide additional right arm padding and comfort while playing for extended periods.

Rather than using the guard with the padding facing outward, I turn the padding to the inside of the arm, and it is so very comfortable. The fit is firm and snug, and it does not shift or move around even after using it for a long while.

The outside of the sleeve is a tightly woven nylon, so it is quite smooth and allows easy right arm movement across the guitar without hanging up.

I realize that playing the classical guitar is not a contact sport, but it worked so well that I plan to continue to use it, even if it means I'll be mocked and jeered at from this point on! :lol:

The price was only about $10.00, and I've got two "guards" or sleeves that I can use. Just thought I'd share this for anyone else brave enough to try it! :roll:

Kind Regards,

Joe
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Re: " -Non-Purist's" - Arm Sleeve

Post by Tomzooki » Fri Jun 13, 2014 4:32 pm

I use a sock too

Concerning the football foreharm guard, I have known a guitarist that had developped a problem due to the border of the guitar making a pression in her arm. She had to wear an orthetic sleeve with a rigid part protecting the inner forearm from the hurting guitar border. Probably your football guard could have done the job :mrgreen:
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Post by JohnPierce » Fri Jun 13, 2014 5:38 pm

bear wrote:I also use a sock. Shari Lewis*, would be proud.
Thanks, bear. I was wondering what to have for dinner and that's a good suggestion.

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Post by Scot Tremblay » Fri Jun 13, 2014 7:07 pm

jwp wrote:...Thanks, bear. I was wondering what to have for dinner and that's a good suggestion.
That's disgusting! Lambs should be frolicking in among the flowers of the field not served as chops on someones dinner plate... :mouton:

Suffice it to say, my rather dogmatic attitude on this matter doesn't carry much weight in a household dominated by an Aussie wife and two dogs of Australian Shepherd and Border Collie persuasion... :roll:

Due to a forearm muscle (flexor) injury a few years back, I tried my one of martial arts forearm pads as an arm sleeve. I expect it is similar to the football one. Worked very well but the whole "arm sock" thing brings out another of my rather dogmatic attitudes so as soon as the injury was healed the arm sleeve was retired. Good idea for those who need such a thing, I think.
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Post by bchi123 » Sat Jun 14, 2014 1:45 am

+1 dress socks

I turn all my old dress socks with holes as arm socks haha!
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Post by ronjazz » Thu Jul 17, 2014 2:14 am

How many arms do you have?
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Re: " -Non-Purist's" - Arm Sleeve

Post by Whiteagle » Thu Jul 17, 2014 2:02 pm

The purists are sounding very silent and no outcasting has been declared. Great to hear everyone's interesting socks.

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Post by jhapgood » Thu Jul 17, 2014 4:30 pm

Whiteagle wrote:The purists are sounding very silent and no outcasting has been declared. Great to hear everyone's interesting socks.
That's because the "Purists" are busy rifling through their sock drawers, and not hanging out on Delcamp! :lol:

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