#1
Wasn't sure where to put this so be nice...

So, i've been playing for a good three years now. Learned all the essentials (Power chords, pentatonics you name it) and am mostly playing blues at the moment. So why is it that everytime i pick up a guitar and start paying, it kills my fingertips?

Seriously, a few weeks ago i could improvise on villanova junction, no problem. Now? ...

Stings like a bitch.
#2
You may have nail splits. This is when your skin pulls awayfrom the back of your nails near the cut edge. Do you cut your nails really short and close to the attached skin part? Try to leave a little white showing and trim more often and it should get better.
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#3
developing callouses, kills your fingers at first, then your fingertips strengthen up. Thats what im guessing.
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developing callouses, kills your fingers at first, then your fingertips strengthen up. Thats what im guessing.

he's been playing for three years, his callusses have probably developed by now.

I think KenG's theory might be a good theory, or you have bad strings maybe?
Perhaps you have a splinter in your fingertips? I had that once and it killed.
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#5
It's actually not my theory but soemthing I read about that happens to Blues Players due to string bending. Some people apparently superglue the splits so they can continue to play (not that I'm advocating that solution Ouch!)
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or you have bad strings maybe?


I've only just restrung my guitar like, a few days ago. They were pretty bad though.

I used to get lots of blisters on my fingers when i was a complete beginner, it got sorted out though.
#7
what gauge are you using? if youve just changed your strings, perhaps your using a heavier gauge? i know that when i try to bend with 11's it wrecks my fingers after an hour or so of playing. Whereabouts does it hurt?
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#8
ok, this is going to sound extreme.. but it works.. trust me on that !!!
if it's not splits !!! again.. only if it's not splits.. don't do this if you have nail splits.. it will hurt horribly..

but take a lighter and just keep bringing the flame up to your finger-tips... *don't burn yourself* but just keep doing it as long as you can stand it.. you will build up a mighty-fine tolerance, and your fingers will harden more.. *enhance your calluss"
#9
Ok, but... What if i turns out i do have nail splits?

I'm still not sure what nail splits are.
#10
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It's actually not my theory but soemthing I read about that happens to Blues Players due to string bending. Some people apparently superglue the splits so they can continue to play (not that I'm advocating that solution Ouch!)


SRV did that, my friend told me. But his entire callus fell off and he superglued it back on to keep playing.
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#11
How does a callus fall off?
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#12
shoot if your callus falls off you practically have what i like to call "beginners finger", only with less strength,
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#13
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How does a callus fall off?


They dont fall off.
If you dont use your guitar in a while, eventually your soft skill will replace the hard skin over time.
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#14
Wow as a third day newbie, this thread sure gives me a lot to look forward too. My fingertips are kind numb right now.
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Wow as a third day newbie, this thread sure gives me a lot to look forward too. My fingertips are kind numb right now.

isnt that an awsome feeling? i miss that. but after the numbness goes away, the pain comes enjoy. hahahah
#16
I've had a staple go under my nail and puncture the skin under it, and I absolutely could not play with that finger for a week. Maybe that's sorta like what happened to you.
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I've had a staple go under my nail and puncture the skin under it, and I absolutely could not play with that finger for a week. Maybe that's sorta like what happened to you.


lol, I think if TS injured himself like that, he would know it.
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lol, I think if TS injured himself like that, he would know it.

Nah but seriously it took me a while to realize why my finger was hurting so bad, I didn't think about it much when I hurt it.
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