#1
Hi, i've been playing guitar for about half a year now and i'm still getting alot of pain in my fingers when playing songs with alot of bends and such. i can only play till it hurts so bad its not fun playing anymore, and thats like after 1 hour and i would like to play 3+ hours. i have calluses but it just doesnt help...

what to do
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#2
Are you pressing down a bit too hard? And what strings do you use? Tune your guitar down a bit, that's what I do sometimes and it helps a bit. But then again I'm just starting out and I don't even have callouses. Yet.
#3
Yeah, you probably just play to hard. If you're using stupidly thin strings like 8s then try moving to 10s; if you get the pains when bending n stuff and you're using heavy strings try 9s or 8s.
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#4
One item I always used was Vegetable oil. You take a cloth, soak it with some oil, and lube over the strings, fretboard, and the back of the neck. It feels so much better. Course, does'nt matter what oil you use, Vegetable is just what I always have on hand. You can also buy actual lubricant spray at most guitar shops. It feels good on the fingers, makes it way easier to play faster, and prolongs string life. In the end, keep playing, it takes some months to build up good callouses.
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#5
Big problem with most people is they play with light gauge strings and press down to hard...learn to play lighter (which can help with speed) or buy heavier gauge strings.
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#6
okay thanks guys, i have 9's right now btw and i think im pressing down to hard, if the problem is still there i will buy some oil =) thanks again
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#7
Quote by Taco Wallace
One item I always used was Vegetable oil. You take a cloth, soak it with some oil, and lube over the strings, fretboard, and the back of the neck. It feels so much better. Course, does'nt matter what oil you use, Vegetable is just what I always have on hand. You can also buy actual lubricant spray at most guitar shops. It feels good on the fingers, makes it way easier to play faster, and prolongs string life. In the end, keep playing, it takes some months to build up good callouses.


roughly how much for a bottle of it? how big is it?
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#8
I'd never be able to use oil on friggin strings. You'd have to wash your hands every time you finish playing. And it wouldn't do anything to help develop your fingers.
#9
If you play regularly about 1 hour a day then your fingers should be strong enough.
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Quote by Taco Wallace
One item I always used was Vegetable oil. You take a cloth, soak it with some oil, and lube over the strings, fretboard, and the back of the neck. It feels so much better. Course, does'nt matter what oil you use, Vegetable is just what I always have on hand. You can also buy actual lubricant spray at most guitar shops. It feels good on the fingers, makes it way easier to play faster, and prolongs string life. In the end, keep playing, it takes some months to build up good callouses.

You soak your neck in oil...?
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#12
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dude...i'd never get vegetable oil anywhere near my guitar....yuck


Ha, well, I'd have never considered it either, but really it helps. Yes, it's not the greatest smelling junk, actually I prefer Canola Oil, or PAM due to the delightfully uplifting aerosol odor, but I got nothing but vegetable oil currently. Umm.....the actual lube spray is better in any case, but I don't get down to the shop to buy it often enough.

Come to think of it.....I never bring money to buy it.....fancy that.


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roughly how much for a bottle of it? how big is it?


I'm guessing you want the lube spray, not veggie oil. Well, the can I got...ok, this was like a year ago, but they should still sell em, but it's about 3 or 4 ounce bottle, about $5 depending on where you buy it from. Called Finger-Ease, google it and you'll find it. Course, Veggie oil is $3 for two pounds, hence a sign at my frugality or cheapery, depending on viewpoint.
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