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#1
I had stopped playing guitar for about a month or so since I've left for college, and now I'm back and I have been playing guitar for hours on end. However my calluses on my fingers have softened, so now it hurts to play songs and I can't bend strings easily anymore. Is there anything I can do to make them callus faster and harden the tips of my fingers? Thanks in advance for any advice
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#2
maybe run your fingers along the thicker strings but if they stary to peel stop
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falconthefirst
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#3
Not really. Just play about 1 or 2 hours a day at minimum and they'll be fine in a week or so.
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Yeah I've been trying to keep my playing down so I don't get swollen or anything but it sucks because I wanna shred...
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grimms
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#7
I never have callouses and I practice at least 3 - 6 hours a day.
But I have working hands anyway. It's weird.
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#8
Quote by ibanezgod1973
there was a myth that soaking them in vinegar helped but it`s just that - a myth


Probably dissolve your finger nails if you did that :P
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#9
Quote by Anthony1991
Probably dissolve your finger nails if you did that :P


Yeah not something I'm looking to do...
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#10
a dab of superglue on the tips of your fingers could help. but that'll eventually rub off and will prolly leave corrosive dust in your strings.
Anthony1991
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#11
Just give it time they'll come back.

Tbh best thing to do - and this works for me - put new strings on, give your a fretboard a nice lemon oil clean. Then just play, the day after they come back solid. Works for me atleast
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#14
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If you want callouses play on heavier strings.

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#15
Quote by Anthony1991
Probably dissolve your finger nails if you did that :P


i said it was a myth.....acetic acid (vinegar) isn`t that strong, citric acid found in citrus fruits is stronger, it`ll just sting like hell if you have open cuts on your fingers.

best way to develop callouses is just play guitar and stop being paranoid about it.
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#16
Seriously, if you have a friend that has an acoustic guitar, borrow it. On acoustics, the action is higher and there's more tension. It'll give you callouses, AND boost your finger strength. Can't stress this enough, if you're an electric guitar player, mess around with an acoustic for a while and you'll see how difficult it is. I find it best to alternate them, keeping a pretty solid callous and finger strength.

BUT if no acoustic is available, just keep playing.
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#17
Just play a little each day and in a wk you shall be fine meantime take it bit at a time and if sore stop for a break then try again and in a wk as i say you shall be fine ok.
mdlarouche
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#19
sometimes you are bored and your hand sits on a table and you're tapping your fingers....put some fairly coarse sandpaper under your fingers and tap away for a while.

Calluses are formed by the healing of the small cuts/scratches you create. No cuts... no calluses. No need to draw blood here.

Sandpaper gives a good coverage unlike a string.
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#20
For fvck sakes, why the hell did you resurrect a thread that's over 3 years old? GTFO.
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#21
I've never had calluses but more like Leather finger tips.....its weird. But hell it works
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#22
Quote by Junior#1
For fvck sakes, why the hell did you resurrect a thread that's over 3 years old? GTFO.


Your a tard. I thought his sandpaper thing was a good idea. Whats wrong with bringing up an old post?
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#23
There's no point in bringing a dead thread back to life. Obviously, all the questions in the thread have been answered or else someone would have kept it alive. There are other threads waiting for answers now. This thread is already solved. Let's let it die.

Also, the sandpaper thing is basically useless unless you plan on doing it for 5 hours straight or more (which could be better spent say playing guitar). The skin is too elastic and too strong for that to do anything.
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RyanStorm13
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#24
I have nice callus's from my cheap Ibanez Acoustic/Electric guitar with stock strings. I will hold chords especially barre chords and slide with them.

I will do it by listening to a song like Hotel California, and just repeat the rythem guitar throughout it, or play the main tunes to Too's Schism.

I have major major callus since I got this acoustic, its perfect for practicing cause its harder to play and the strings just tear my fingers up. I wonder if the tighter strings has anything to do with it.


I have actually been developing a callus along my entire index finger from holding the chords.
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#25
Quote by mdlarouche
sometimes you are bored and your hand sits on a table and you're tapping your fingers....put some fairly coarse sandpaper under your fingers and tap away for a while.

Calluses are formed by the healing of the small cuts/scratches you create. No cuts... no calluses. No need to draw blood here.

Sandpaper gives a good coverage unlike a string.

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