#1
Hello everyone,

I've been playing guitar for only 1 year and am new to the UG community.

I'm wondering if any of you have any tips for keeping my finger tips from cracking / bleeding?

I'm thinking of coating them with superglue or using a bandaid. Any ideas?

ty all
#3
cut off your fingertips and replace them with plastic.
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#5
Yikes!
Take a break from playing to let your fingers heal.
Then when you start playing again, don't play for as long/as hard as you did before.
It's not good to you play 'til your fingers bleed.
#6
Play through the pain, eventually you won't be able to feel anything in your fingertips and you won't have any fingerprints
#7
Well normally callouses should develop on your finger tips, and you shouldn't have a problem.
I would recommend soaking your fingertips in vinigar. When I first started playing that helped to toughen up my fingertips a little.
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#9
You've been playing for a year and you still don't have calluses? However the hell you spell that.. Haha. Just give it a rest dude. I used to do that too, but my fingers got rough a couple of weeks in..
#10
I played tilll my fingers bled once as well. Let them heal completely before playing again

#11
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#12
I always hear people talking about this happening when they first start playing but it never happened to me.

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#13
Use lighter gauge strings, and ditto...Well done.
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#14
I just ignored my fingers when they used to bleed

They made me do push ups in drag

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You played til your fingers bled, well done.

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#16
try nickel-free strings, it could just be an allergy (Bjorn Gelotte from In Flames used superglue coz his fingers would bleed, then he discovered he was alllergic to nickel)
#17
Quote by damskippy
Use lighter gauge strings, and ditto...Well done.


ok so i want to use "Ernie Ball Super Slinky String Set (9 - 42)" as opposed to "Ernie Ball Regular Slinky String Set (10 - 46)"?
#19
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I like 8s. Screw 9s.
Use rubber bands instead of strings.
The difference in tone between them and 8s is negligible anyway.
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ok so i want to use "Ernie Ball Super Slinky String Set (9 - 42)" as opposed to "Ernie Ball Regular Slinky String Set (10 - 46)"?


that would be correct, assuming you want the smaller strings.
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#21
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I like 8s. Screw 9s.


How do you even get any tone with those puny things?
#22
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Hello everyone,

I've been playing guitar for only 1 year and am new to the UG community.

I'm wondering if any of you have any tips for keeping my finger tips from cracking / bleeding?

I'm thinking of coating them with superglue or using a bandaid. Any ideas?

ty all

http://www.epinions.com/review/Finger_Ease_Guitar_String_Lubricant/content_439335816836

It works, it also cleans your strings.
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#23
i had the same problem. can't remembe How i solved it. all i can say is you guys need to man up and use eleven or twelve sized strings
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I always hear people talking about this happening when they first start playing but it never happened to me.

amidoinitrong?

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#25
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I always hear people talking about this happening when they first start playing but it never happened to me.

amidoinitrong?

It never happened to me either. Maybe we're just the only ones doing it right.
#28
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maybe you're not cut out to play guitar. try piano. lol


hehe nah i've been playing piano for 12 years... guitar is much more gratifying.
#29
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maybe you're not cut out to play guitar. try piano. lol

Dick move, a lot guitarists that have Diabetes have a similar problem. BB King, is one for example.
Tony I. from Sabbath has a similar problems where he has two fingers cut in half.
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Last edited by Blackwaterson89 at May 24, 2010,
#30
lol i use 13's on my guitar, and im going to get an even heavier custom gauge of .14's setup: iwith a gauge that heavey i can tune to drop G and itll still be playable. if you have a really heavy gauge, you will never have difficulty playing someone elses guitar. if you only use 9's, and you wanna play a friends who has 13's on it youll struggle lol
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#32
Quote by zalak
I like 8s. Screw 9s.
11's is definetly the way to go.
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try nickel-free strings, it could just be an allergy (Bjorn Gelotte from In Flames used superglue coz his fingers would bleed, then he discovered he was alllergic to nickel)
Yeah I usually just use coated Ernie Ball's or Elixirs because I'm allergic to nickel too (thus the large rash on my wrist from my nickel bridge). I like my MH though and can't be arsed to switch out the bridge.
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It never happened to me either. Maybe we're just the only ones doing it right.
Join the club, I never got bleeding fingers either. Maybe that's because I played for over a year on Gibson 9's before getting my Jackson and koving up to 11's.
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#33
Quote by Blackwaterson89
Dick move, a lot guitarists that have Diabetes have a similar problem. BB King, is one for example.
Tony I. from Sabbath has a similar problems where he has two fingers cut in half.


lol I was actually being serious. I wasn't trying to be a dick.

I think the best thing to do is just persevere and try to play the best you can.

I have a hereditary skin disease, that I get from my dad's side, and one of the symptoms is that my fingertip skin peels off very easily because of hyperhydrosis (excessive sweating) on hands and feet. When I was younger, I couldn't even play piano because my finger tips would be so sensitive without the normal layer of skin everyone has. Yeah, they bled too.

And then when I started bass at age 13, I just kept playing and playing through the pain, and eventually I developed the thickest callouses ever.

I know better than anybody what it feels like to have that kind of fingers. All you can do is just keep playing.
Last edited by ai4281 at May 24, 2010,
#34
Do pushups on your finger tips.
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