#1
Hey guys, Lately I have been playing the beginning of the solo to Stairway to Heaven on my acoustic, and I have noticed that my fingers have been starting to hurt a lot, even though I have already built up calists, (however you spell that). The solo does require a lot of sliding and bending, do you think it could just be that I am building harder, thicker ones for that?
#3
play until they bleed, its the only way really. after I learned the solo for free bird I couldn't play for the rest of the day (took me 2 hours to get a decent handle on it). Oh, and you might want to take this elsewhere (guitar and bass basics I believe?)
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#4
i've put super glue on my fingers to thicken my calluses b4 but yea ur figers hurtin on acoustic is normal. i've been playing guitar for years and if i play a bend heavy song on an acoustic it hurts like ****
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#5
it would be easier on your hands if you played it on electric.. your trying to play an electric solo on an acoustic guitar. not gunna sound the same either
#6
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play until they bleed, its the only way really. after I learned the solo for free bird I couldn't play for the rest of the day (took me 2 hours to get a decent handle on it). Oh, and you might want to take this elsewhere (guitar and bass basics I believe?)

Do not play until you bleed. That's a terrible idea. General discomfort is normal, but playing until injury is a terrible idea. Instead of building calluses, you'll only cause damage to your fingers and make it difficult to play in the future.
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#7
Well there's a two step bend in there at least once and that type of bending is usually left to electric players so don't be surprised about the pain. My biggest problem learning solos on the acoustic a few years back was that my skin would start getting pulled out from under my nails, no blood as far as I can remember but it certainly didn't feel very good. Your finger will adapt but there is a certain point at which you should just stick to bending on electric or get lighter strings (if you plan on doing alot of 2+ step bends either get extra light strings or play it on electric). You don't have to but that's just my advice.
#8
That or detune.

I covered Sweet Child of Mine on acoustic, but I put it in Eb...

Song is in Db anyway, so it's like D but played in standard Eb tuning - down a half step from normal.

As far as playing electric solos on acoustic, just adapt it and make it your own. You won't have the speed (though acoustic speed is nice, too,) but you'll have gobs of dynamic range to work with - something you don't have on electric.

Just work with the strengths and weaknesses of your situation.
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Last edited by Bubonic Chronic at Feb 17, 2008,
#9
pain is your body's way of telling you how far you can go. you should be able to feel when you are at your limit. in terms of playing, pain is acceptable, but injury is not. know the limit of your body well.
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pain is your body's way of telling you how far you can go. you should be able to feel when you are at your limit. in terms of playing, pain is acceptable, but injury is not. know the limit of your body well.



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