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Old 02-21-2013, 05:57 AM   #1
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Am i meant to have blisters this brutal?

So i've started learning slap / pop acoustic guitar the last couple of days, and i've developed a really brutal blister now on my index.. I never got blisters this bad when i first started fingerpicking 3-4 years ago, and i haven't got blisters in general in a damn long time.
For those who've played slap / pop on acoustic or even any bass players who are around here, did you get some real mean blisters like me? Maybe i'm popping too hard but it seems to me like the real funky tone comes from that aggression on the pop. I'm trying to stop myself from playing more but it's hard to do so when it's a lot of fun.

Anyways here's a gross picture.. The flash makes it look worse haha, but it's still gross.

http://img824.imageshack.us/img824/3716/deliciousj.jpg
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Old 02-21-2013, 07:17 AM   #2
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That's so metal!
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Old 02-21-2013, 07:52 AM   #3
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Thinner strings maybe?
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Old 02-21-2013, 08:04 AM   #4
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Thinner strings maybe?



So instead of blisters you'd get deep bloody cuts?
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Old 02-21-2013, 08:45 AM   #5
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Yes you are, that's why you can't start practicing a technique like slap guitar for hours on straight. It's very much like when you first started playing guitar, you couldn't practice for hours on end then cause your left hand fingers started to hurt right? This is the same thing, your right hand is not used of doing this kind of stuff, so you have to go easy on it.

I am currently practicing slap bass and i had that aswell in the beginning. You pretty much have 2 choices.

1) Practice as much as you do now, and when you get these kind of blisters, don't practice slaping for a couple of days and let it heal and then go back to practicing.

2) reduce the amount of daily slap practice. It's better to do 10 minutes a day of slap practice and do it daily in my opinion, cause then eventually, your fingers will get harder and then you can increase the time.

As off now, i'd say let it heal, then choose one of the two methods i suggested. Personally, i would go with 2).
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Old 02-21-2013, 08:46 AM   #6
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Try playing for a shorter period of time and more often. Don't wash your hands before playing either as this softens your skin.
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Old 02-21-2013, 09:42 AM   #7
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Try playing for a shorter period of time and more often. Don't wash your hands before playing either as this softens your skin.


Really? i wash my hands all the time before and after i play guitar :c
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Old 02-21-2013, 09:48 AM   #8
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Old 02-21-2013, 12:02 PM   #9
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Really? i wash my hands all the time before and after i play guitar :c


Nevermind that, i wash my hands all the time before, during and after practice and i can still slap. It's like i said, a matter of getting your right hand fingers as hard as your left hand fingers. Read my previous post.
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Old 02-22-2013, 06:14 PM   #10
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Plus washing your hands also prolongs string life a bit as well. Not a night and day diff in my opinion but a lil.
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