#1
ive been playin acoustic guitar for three months and i was wonderin if its normal to get a lot of dead skin and blue fingertips, just making sure.
#2
ya spessialy on a steel strung acoustic.

idk about blue finger tips mine are just white all my 4 fingers and dead scabby fun to play with
#4
Dead skin is normal, but blue is not normal. Do you have circulation problems in your fingers? Sometimes diabetics have circulation problems that could cause that, otherwise you're sweat is removing some element (cobalt?) from the string alloy. What kind of strings do you use? I get black finger tips when using new strings that have an oxide layer on them for a couple of days until they are broken in.
#5
Dead Skin -> Yes
Blue Skin -> Freak

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#6
I was thinking about this and it struck me. Bronze, which is what the low E, A, and D are wound with are made with copper. Your sweat is leaching copper out of your strings. Solutions are to live with it, or get heavy gauge stainless strings. Since it's an acoustic, the "ring" of a bronze string can't be beat. I'd live with it, and if anyone notices, look at your finger tips and scream "my fingers are dying".
#7
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Dead Skin -> Yes
Blue Skin -> Freak




lmao thats what every1 says... well its not entirely blue, just around the dead skin. and it only happens when i play a lot


and im not diabetic or anythin, im using 13 guage, im guessin the higher the gauge the less circulation ull get...sorry if i mislead u to thinkin my whole finger tip was blue, thats sumthing i would take to my doctor

and its pretty much only on my index finger, sumtimes a little on middele
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#8
not only are callouses normal they are a good thing. they make it so that you don't feel the strings cutting into your fingers, which can hurt like a mother when you are just starting to play.

The blue isn't normal, and i'm not a doctor so i dunno what it is.
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#9
GotRock's got it!

It's the copper in the strings reacting with your sweat/oils and just colouring the skin.

Don't worry bout it, just wash it off...or play the dead finger thing either way
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#10
yea im not worried about it anymore, they were new strings and it doesnt happen anymore
#11
The blue is just the dirt and oils on the strings rubbing off on you. Make sure you wash your hands and let them dry, and also wipe down your strings before and after ever use.

You are all good. The calluses with start to look normal pretty soon.
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Quote by GotRock?
I was thinking about this and it struck me. Bronze, which is what the low E, A, and D are wound with are made with copper. Your sweat is leaching copper out of your strings. Solutions are to live with it, or get heavy gauge stainless strings. Since it's an acoustic, the "ring" of a bronze string can't be beat. I'd live with it, and if anyone notices, look at your finger tips and scream "my fingers are dying".

Winner! Especially on the dying fingers bit. He's almost certainly correct about the copper, so don't worry about it.
#13
Mine weren't blue. They were a bit of a golden/yellow. But yeah, perfectly normal. Me and a buddy of mine(also a guitarist) used to compare dead fingertips to see's whose was most numb

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