#1
I've been playing guitar for five years now, and bass for two. I couldn't find a good bass tutor so i've been teaching myself, figuring that it shouldn't be too hard with my guitar background. I started out with a pick, but it didn't take me too long to get my fingers going instead.

However, I can't seem to keep it up for any period of time more than about ten minutes because it hurts the hell out of my fingers - i regularly end up with blisters and have to use the pick instead. That can't be normal, right? I've no idea what could be causing this: i don't notice anything wildly different about my technique, I don't know if it's just because my bass is a budget model with really crappy strings. I just think 2 years is a bit long to have this still happen - this ever happen to you guys?
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#2
I can play for much longer without hurting my hands on the strings, and I have only been playing for about three months..

Maybe you have a vulnerable skin?
#4
Is it muscle pain too? crappy worn down strings shouldn't be all sharp or anything, maybe go get some rubbing alcohol and dip your fingers in before, during, and after playing to really get some monster callouses going.
#5
Maybe use tape on the ends of your fingers
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#6
u will develop callouses if you play enough, but u shouldnt be playing that hard with your fingers, its basically just a light pull on the string
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#7
not muscular, just blistery.

i doubt its the skin - my other hand didn't take long to harden up from all the fretting, and i shouldn't think there'd be anything wrong with one of my hands and not the other.

maybe i'm just a massive pussy.
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#8
my friends sister used to duct tape her fingers...try that if it really hurts.
changing your strings might help too.
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#9
could be playing too hard - i mostly play through a practice guitar amp, so i might be playing too hard to compensate for the volume.

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#10
I never had this issues, maybe look up videos of proper technique and see how you do it?
#11
When I fill in bass duties for my band, I tend to just put my finger below the string and then pluck it lightly
#13
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I've been playing guitar for five years now, and bass for two. I couldn't find a good bass tutor so i've been teaching myself, figuring that it shouldn't be too hard with my guitar background. I started out with a pick, but it didn't take me too long to get my fingers going instead.

However, I can't seem to keep it up for any period of time more than about ten minutes because it hurts the hell out of my fingers - i regularly end up with blisters and have to use the pick instead. That can't be normal, right? I've no idea what could be causing this: i don't notice anything wildly different about my technique, I don't know if it's just because my bass is a budget model with really crappy strings. I just think 2 years is a bit long to have this still happen - this ever happen to you guys?

There's your problem.


Get new strings.


EDIT: I beat the living **** out of my strings and I've got one blister in like two years. and I use Rotos
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#14
Moisturise yo fingers foole!
sounds girly but really helps.
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#15
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suck it up buttercup, my fingers did that too for a while then i practiced

wow, cause i sure ain't practising now. didn't think of that.
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#16
I've been playing bass since January and have calluses on all my fingers, but when i tried to learn run to the hills yesterday my fingers felt like they were about to bleed.
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#18
You need a proper bass amp anyway. Get one and see if your plucks aren't as crazy. Go find a little Acoustic practice amp.

EDIT:^Check that too
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#19
everything's in order with the bass, except the electronics are falling apart. ich bin ein student, so i can hardly afford strings, let alone a new amp. i'll take care from now on and see where it gets me. to be fair i get carried away, and i play lots of uptempo stuff, so it's probably just my technique.

cheers guys.
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#20
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everything's in order with the bass, except the electronics are falling apart. ich bin ein student, so i can hardly afford strings, let alone a new amp. i'll take care from now on and see where it gets me. to be fair i get carried away, and i play lots of uptempo stuff, so it's probably just my technique.

cheers guys.

I totally understand that.
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