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Old 05-04-2021, 06:13 AM
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Default "I've Got Blisters On Me Fingers"

Well not blisters but my fingertips hurt. Just started back on acoustic after many years and have been playing every day. Any suggestions for getting through this phase? Just gut it out? I can't remember back what it was like going through this.

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Old 05-04-2021, 07:00 AM
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Yeah, you pretty much just have to gut it out, but don't kill yourself over it. Play until it hurts and then a bit more, but callouses build up over time, so playing for hours in pain isn't gonna bring em on faster. It's just gonna make you hate playing. If you've been playing electric, play the acoustic for a while and when it gets really painful, switch to electric - it'll still hurt, but not that much, and you can keep developing your playing. Each day you'll probably be able to play a little longer on acoustic, and after a couple or few weeks, it won't be an issue.

I started playing again about 4 1/2 years ago after a 30 year layoff. I'd say it took the better part of a month to play without any pain, but for the first several months, I'd still have days where there was kind of a dull ache in the ends of my fingers. Don't know why - maybe just the nerves under the callouses reminding me they were still there??? That didn't last long either though. Now I play a good amount every day and basically no pain. You do have to learn to take care of your callouses, though. You don't want them TOOOO hard. There are threads about that around here.

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Old 05-04-2021, 07:10 AM
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Try a lower-gauge string. Go all the way down to 10s if you need. Try a softer string like silk and steel. Tune down half a step. Then if you need to be a certain key or tuning, capo up. Hang in there... it'll get better!
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Old 05-04-2021, 08:31 AM
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My fingers got tender and sore, then calluses, but I never got blisters. One of the motivations to play every day is the fear that I'll have to go through that again.
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Old 05-04-2021, 10:04 AM
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Thanks all. Will re think my plan!
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Old 05-04-2021, 01:24 PM
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20 minutes twice a day is better than 40 minutes all at once if you're struggling with fingertip pain. Space it out
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I donít wish to hijack the thread but as everyone says, just play till it hurts then take a break. Who was it that said ďplayed till my fingers bledĒ? Madman! Quick question though, I have hard enough callouses for it not to hurt too bad but does anyone else get troubled by what I call ďtram linesĒ on the tips of your fingers? Where the string indents into the tip of the finger. It sometimes causes my finger to ďskip offĒ the string and makes the note sound when I donít want it.
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I get lines pretty bad. After just a bit of playing they start getting deep to where sometimes I canít slide to another fret and keep the string ringing.

I canít think of the mechanics of whatís going on but once I pass over the fret the string just dies. I have to make sure to use a different part of my finger on the string when I know Iím going to slide and it works fine but itís one more thing to take into account.

Iím not sure how to address the line problem. I thinks itís like an awful circle type thing. You get the line so you have to push a little harder, which makes the line deeper so you push harder etc etc.
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