#1
Almost every time after we finish a show my index finger on my right hand is bloody as **** and there's a giant gash here my nail meets my finger. I can only assume this is because of my finger racking against strings for the past hour...

Anyway, is this normal? What should I do? I usually can't play for a day or two afterwards to let my poor finger heal.

Any ideas?
#3
use a band aid?
i have this problem sometime but not as intense.
i might have tiny flap of skin on m pointer finger that sometimes rubs against the strings and hurts.
but it duznt bleed or anything.
so try a band aid i guess idk
#4
band aid?
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#5
Can't say if it's normal or not. Everyone has different types of skin. A few things I can recommend;

Try lighter strings. This should relieve some of the strain on your fingers.

Change strings regularly.

Clean strings after use.

There's a liquid - which I can't remember the name of which hardens the skin. You should ask for some at your local pharmacy.

If you can't find a solution perhaps you should go to a doctor or dermatologist and see what they recommend.
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#6
Just tape your fingers up. Kirk Hammet does it to prevent that happening.
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#7
It's happened to me before too, with the end result being blood sprayed all over the pickguard of my friend's guitar. All it takes is a little practice to change your form so that your hand isn't hitting the strings when you strum, nothing major.
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#8
get your mummy to kiss it better

or tape
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#10
mabe you should consider using a guitar with scalloped frets? though extreme, it would work.
#13
If it's your fretting hand, try lighter guage strings and get the nut filed and the action lowered, perhaps you're pushing far too hard on them.

If it's your picking hand, all I can suggest is try not to be as aggressive or loose with your hand, slaming againts the strings isn't so good...
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#16
maybe your alergic to the nickel in the strings? Bjorn of In Flames is, but that's the only person i know who has that problem. More than likely you've got too heavy a gauge for your fingers on there. Lighten up the gauge, or just take skin from...less used...areas and glue em to your fingertips like Stevie Ray Vaughn!

Seriously though, lighter gauge, or just try building thicker calouses.
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If something that isn't picking the strings hits the strings you're doing it wrong.

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#18
I have the same problem, when I have my gain on full I use my pinky to mute the other strings and rubs until it bleeds sometimes, so if anyone has a solution to this that would be great.
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