#1
i'm a guitarist at heart, but my friend left his warwick over here so i've been jammin on it a lot. i've got this huge blister (and actually missing skin on top of my index, middle and ring finger, from slapping and popping)

my question is should i break it and keep playing, or just play with it anyways...i know it's only going to get bigger/worse.

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#3
if your getting blisters from slapping and popping you doing it wrong
pop the blister and stop playing for a few days.
take a look at some of the slapping and popping lessons as well.
#4
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take a look at some of the slapping and popping lessons as well.


+1
#5
I got a blister once, by playing Superheroes by Racer X. The intro part ripped my ring finger apart (not anymore though, I changed my technique), and I didn't notice it until I was done practicing. I popped the blister, and I couldn't play properly for a whole week because it hurt so ****ing bad. Be prepared for a long week without practicing dude...
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#6
actually what I do is pop the blister and cover the wound with super glue. Yes it may sound retarded but the glue actually acts as a band-aid and within 36 hours the wound will be nearly healed. Also works well with cuts.
#9
i think the blister is just cause i dont slap and pop that often. i'm pretty sure my technique is right, i've watched a lot of videos and practiced a whole lot over the years, just haven't played in several months. but like i said i dont ususally play bass, so you guys are probably saying this cause your index finger on your right hand is callused, mines not, cause i play guitar.


and when i go to pop the D string the top of my index, middle and ring, sometimes rub up against the G string cause i dont always hit it right, its sloppy a lot of the time. but i'm 90% sure i know how to slap and pop right.
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#10
I have that too, but it came from playing five hours last thursday and that was because the amp my friend gave me was a ****ty one, and I had to bang on those strings like a lunatic.

You don't have to pop the blister if you don't want to practice for awhile
#11
that's the thing though i do want to play!


do i pop it then superglue or just superglue, or what?
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#12
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that's the thing though i do want to play!


do i pop it then superglue or just superglue, or what?


We've all been through the blister stage- it's a rite of passage for bassists (although ripping up your skin slapping is bordering on masochism). Play through the pain. And don't bother slapping until you have the basics down, and have someone show you how to do it properly
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We've all been through the blister stage- it's a rite of passage for bassists (although ripping up your skin slapping is bordering on masochism). Play through the pain. And don't bother slapping until you have the basics down, and have someone show you how to do it properly



you're still dancing around the question, do i just leave it and play? or do i get rid of it and superglue or bandaid?

and i taught my bassist of my band how to slap like 3 years ago, he's perfected it now and coached me in getting the technique right. we've both been playing for about five years. i'm just slapping sloppily and missing the string sometimes and thats how the skin is getting rubbed off. oh well.
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#14
I had a blister on my thumb for about 3/4 weeks from playing chords, best thing to do is just suck it up and keep playing
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#16
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We've all been through the blister stage- it's a rite of passage for bassists (although ripping up your skin slapping is bordering on masochism). Play through the pain. And don't bother slapping until you have the basics down, and have someone show you how to do it properly

I can bend the e string slightly past the d string with just my one finger.

This ability came out of just randomly bending strings for about 15 mins one day, and I never felt more than a momentary sting until after I put the Bass back on its stand (it is probably because my fingertips are basically calluses with nails).


Now I rarely slap and pop (I sometimes pop all four strings as hard as I can to make my amp cause a mild seismic wave), but I do not think blistering should occur unless he was trying to pull those strings off or dent the body.
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#17
you know what the superglue thing may not be a bad idea ive never thought of it before but i have gotten superglue on my fingers before and it does a good job of staying on for days and it would cover a wound. I just dont know how hygienic that would be though.
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I just dont know how hygienic that would be though.

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#19
instead of superglue use that liquid bandage stuff they have now... it insures that an infection doesn't set
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instead of superglue use that liquid bandage stuff they have now... it insures that an infection doesn't set

... and that you don't poison yourself.

Why does no one seem understand this but me?
#21
You shouldn't pop blisters unless your going to cover it with something incase it gets infected.
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You shouldn't pop blisters unless your going to cover it with something incase it gets infected.

+1

Theres puss under that blister for a reason, its to heal the skin underneath.. People have been known to get minor infections because of popping blisters (me included)
My opinion on this is if a blister appears and it hurts ALOT stop playing for a day (or just work on your fretting if you're desperate) and wait till it doesnt hurt anymore, even if you can still see the blister. Start playing again and then by the next day, blister will be gone and you have skin on your finger that is twice as thick and hard as before, with no ripping.
At the moment I have mad epic thick skin on the side of my thumb joint.
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#25
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Then there is the risk of poisoning yourself...

This. Most superglue is labelled toxic, so I wouldn't put it in a wound.
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Popping a blister is fine, and shouldn't get infected if you're hygienic.


And what if you are not so hygienic, I mean I work with coal during Saturdays (loading it on the wagons for a reasonable price)? And if I pop my blister by accident during the process of loading coal will I have to worry about it?
#27
your technique is not wrong, its probably just the amount you've been doing. your fingers are most likely not as thick a someone who plays bass regularly, and as a result you got a blister. I got one or two when i started playing slap and pop, and after it never happened again.
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#28
lol i love it when guitaist try to play bass they think they being clever when really they end up hurting them selves and moaning about it on forums
#29
Put your blister over a fire, so the liquid underneath evaporates through the skin...........................................(dont actually do that)
#30
So I just got much more interested in slap today and ended up with a blister, which will get me back playing bass quicker - popping it and using a bandaid or just leaving it and not playing (every time I've just played through the blister I ended up popping the blister while playing and the blister usually came back or left a bit of really sensitive skin).

tl;dr : Does a blister heal more quickly if you pop it or not?
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#31
I remember when i was a freshman, this kid who was better than me told me to keep playing even if i had blisters and i did. eventually i developed callous but people are different so do what flea did and play with tape wrapped on your fingers. last time i played a show i started bleeding and switched to a pick(my cut was pretty deep, it hurt like a mother)
#32
just be glad you aren't getting one under your fingernail...
worst bass blister ever...
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just be glad you aren't getting one under your fingernail...
worst bass blister ever...

+ 1.7

I once got a blister right underneath the edge of my fingernail, where skin meets nail
Very painful for some reason.
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#34
You get blisters doing slap and pop? Maybe there's something wrong with your technique.
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Just use a needle to pop the blisters on your fingers and slap it flat so that the liquid inside is purge out. Haha. Then continue playing! What're you waiting for! You got a warwick here pal! You're so lucky.
#35
Hmm I know this is off the topic but...

Whilst I was waiting for that blister to heal, I used a pick A LOT. That really helped me to improve my pick style, even tough I am not a pick bass player. But I am grateful for it. Who knows, some day I might need that picking technique.
#36
I agree with 36mikeyb36.

I have been playing for years, in front of big crowds and I am a huge funk player. I slap and pop and STILL get blisters. There's no "wrong" way of doing things like a lot of people on here are saying. There's your way, and if it sounds good, do it. I get blisters even after years of playing, if I don't play bass for over 3 days. I pop them and right before the show, I'll put some superglue on it, it'll harden all over the blister and I'll forget it was even there.
#37
if your playing style does damage it is the wrong style. theres blood on my acoustic guitar and I will admit that was a great show, but I will also say I employed bad technique.

When i was learning slap i got blisters the first day, I drained them with a guitar string by poking a small hole in them, playe pick style for a few days, then played finger style with bandaged fingers, then eventually played slap and pop with better technique and now I don't get blisters, its awesome!

when you go to pop you are probably hooking your fingers with to much force, it does take that much pressure to get a good pop.
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I agree with 36mikeyb36.

I have been playing for years, in front of big crowds and I am a huge funk player. I slap and pop and STILL get blisters. There's no "wrong" way of doing things like a lot of people on here are saying. There's your way, and if it sounds good, do it. I get blisters even after years of playing, if I don't play bass for over 3 days. I pop them and right before the show, I'll put some superglue on it, it'll harden all over the blister and I'll forget it was even there.

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