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Old 11-19-2012, 06:39 AM   #1
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Intensive bending makes my fingertips hurt a lot

Hey guys,
I've been recentl playing some motorhead for my band rehearsals and after practicing solo for ace of spades and all these bens my fingertips became very fragile, red and it's been 2 days since I stopped playing for a while and I still can't pick up my guitar.

What should I do? Wait for it to heal itself and abbandon playing guitar throughout this period?
I've heard that Tony Iomi wrapped his already cut off fingertips with some sort of tape but it seems to be uncomfortable to play with something like that on my fingers.
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Old 11-19-2012, 07:47 AM   #2
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I'm not sure there's any way of getting past this apart from just powering through it. Obviously you don't want to overdo it to the point of actually breaking the skin on your fingers but this is something most guitarists go through at some point.

Also Iommi now uses false fingertips out of plastic and leather from what I can remember but really that's something of an exceptional situation, no? He literally removed the ends of his fingers in an industrial accident...
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Old 11-19-2012, 07:53 AM   #3
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Spread superglue THINLY on your fingertips where they hurt (let it dry and all too). It should get you another few hours of play. Otherwise, wait for them to heal / man up.
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Old 11-19-2012, 07:54 AM   #4
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I already passed this breaking point.
It hurt a lot whenever I touch fretboard with my fingers and I dont know whether I should let it heal itself or play through it no matter how much it hurts until it gets stronger
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Old 11-19-2012, 10:19 AM   #5
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Spread superglue THINLY on your fingertips where they hurt (let it dry and all too). It should get you another few hours of play. Otherwise, wait for them to heal / man up.


This, the superglue trick really helps, but I wouldn't advise it if you don't have gigs, so just power through it!
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Old 11-19-2012, 10:54 AM   #6
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Don't just power through, you'll just end up cutting your fingers open, and when you do that, the calluses don't form properly, and you've got cuts in your fingers and nothing to show for it. Its definitely fine to play when your fingers hurt, but don't be ridiculous. If it hurts really badly, just stop.

Your fingers will get tougher eventually, but it takes time. You aren't using really thick strings are you? Its surprising how much difference there is between 10's and 11's.
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Old 11-19-2012, 11:16 AM   #7
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Nope. I do use 10s if I remember correctly.
It always happens when I bend a lot and motorhead solos involve lots of full and fast bends what makes my 2nd and 3rd finger take a lot of heat. (Especially if I spend 5-6hours practicing solos which I actually did).
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Old 11-19-2012, 11:21 AM   #8
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My only question is, if you already have enough skill to play Ace Of Spades, how have your fingers not gone through this already? Surely by that point they should have toughened up?
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Old 11-19-2012, 11:21 AM   #9
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Try Albert King's 2-step bends with .011īs.

Just give it time and you'll be handling strings like rubberbands.
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Old 11-19-2012, 11:25 AM   #10
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Im not what you'd call a regular player. Or at least I wasn't.
I used to practice the day before rehearsals and that was mostly fine. Now Im moving on to regular practice schedule during week.

Am I skilled enough? Well, since I managed to down this solo to original speed and it sounds good, I suppose I am.
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Old 11-19-2012, 10:29 PM   #11
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Just power through it, you'll get used to it eventually the same way you got used to playing in the first place.

I bumped up from 10s to 11s right before I started learning the solo from The Trooper, which has a lot more bending than I was used to anyways. It hurt, but it was fine after a day or two. You'll be okay, just keep it up.
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Old 11-19-2012, 10:48 PM   #12
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What you could try is get some fast fret stuff it keeps your strings in great condition, and to me it feels it makes crazy bends easier.
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Old 11-20-2012, 02:00 AM   #13
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I already passed this breaking point.
It hurt a lot whenever I touch fretboard with my fingers and I dont know whether I should let it heal itself or play through it no matter how much it hurts until it gets stronger


I'd let it heal a bit so you develop some calluses.
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Old 11-20-2012, 06:01 AM   #14
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Today it got a bit better.
In terms of strings I use elixir's which don't require fast fret at all.
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Old 11-20-2012, 06:03 AM   #15
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Today it got a bit better.
In terms of strings I use elixir's which don't require fast fret at all.


No strings "require" fast fret; I've never used either fast fret or coated strings and there have never been any issues for me.
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Old 11-20-2012, 06:08 AM   #16
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My teacher told me that elixir strings already contain this fast fret component which makes strings last longer, so there's no point in using this product on these strings.
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Old 11-20-2012, 06:28 AM   #17
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My teacher told me that elixir strings already contain this fast fret component which makes strings last longer, so there's no point in using this product on these strings.


That's really not what I meant. I was trying to say that using fast fret at all really isn't the issue, you just need to keep playing and damage your fingers permanently like the rest of us
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