#1
I have been playing guitar for like 5 years and only changed the strings about maybe 5 times haha. I find that when I put on a new set of nickel wound guitar stings by ernie ball that there is less friction ( my old strings were old and had friction cause of the crap on it) . On a new set of strings when I bend , the string keeps slipping and its harder to control because the surface of the strings is too smooth and new. is this normal? what can I do?

I know it is not my technique because I never had a problem with older strings, only when new strings are on my guitar.
#2
Newer strings are going to be slicker. That's all there is to it. Matter of fact I think Eddie Van Halen used to boil his strings for like 45 minutes to get rid of that new string feeling.
#3
Use less lotion and practice more. Get some callas built up.
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#4
lol i have verrry thick callouses already. i do hate the new string feel but definitely not the sound
#5
You can boil them which was already mentioned. What I do is run my fingers along them for a minute or two on each one. Loosens them up a bit. The best answer is to play with them.
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