#1
I'm learning a song with bar chords, and the long side of my finger is extremely sore. Does it get better like normal "guitar-callouses," or not? It seems like it would take a long time...maybe they just get built-up and not necessarily callouses?
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#2
No I can do barre chords and I never got any sort of callouses. What gauge/type strings you using?
#3
For me I got callouses on the side of fingers when i used to play barre chords
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#4


It's fine on electric, but this is for acoustic...
above are my current acoustic strings
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#5
Somehow I have callouses on my knuckles! I imaging all callouses get better after a while, they just have to get thicker, stronger, etc.
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#6
youll be fine it just takes a while
i got blood blisters there all the time
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#7
you can get them anywhere really. they're like protection.

i bite mine off and boil them into a tasty soup.
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#8
i bite mine off and boil them into a tasty soup.

i prefer to make a bisque out of mine, nice and tender
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#9
do the dishes three times at day, and make sure your hands are emersed in water as much as possible, this makes them softer
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#10
its probably because your fingers arent used to barring, keep practicing in moderation, and about the calluses, you can get them practically everywhere on your body, its there to provide extra protection on the area that keeps getting "attacked"
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#11
The part where I tend to hurt the most when doing bar chords isn't my index finger at all, it's my thumb. The muscles cramp like hell even though I've tried various recommended positions to keep it from doing so (like this guy tells you). And no matter how hard I press I always flat out the G and/or B string. It's probably cause my fingers are very skinny, you can feel the bone right through them.

It's really bringing me down because not being able to bar really hampers my progress at this moment. I've started using this ehh.. squeezing device.. for sporters originally.. to train finger strength
#12
one night of drunken acoustic playing from 7pm to 3am and my fingers on my fretting hand were bleeding, including the side of my index finger from playing so many barre chords