Sunday, December 17

What Should I Do if My Fingertips Hurt While Playing Guitar?

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One of the worst parts of learning to play guitar is the fact that your fingertips will hurt like crazy. It seems that the more you play, the more your fingertips hurt, which could really demotivate a person to continue playing guitar for a long period of time. The reason for this, I think, is because when you play guitar, your fingers are constantly pressing down on and sliding back and forth on rough steel strings. It seems logical that doing this for a long time may do some damage to your fingertips that will not feel very pleasant. However, the trick for solving this is quite counterintuitive. Don’t do anything at all.

Yes, I know how anticlimactic that solution seems, because doesn’t that mean that I’ll just have to get used to the pain of playing guitar? Not exactly. It turns out that the human body does this wonderful thing where it hardens your fingertips. People say that this process forms calluses on the tips of your finger. So, when you follow this solution, you can play the guitar for a couple of weeks and suck up the pain, and then you will realize that playing doesn’t even hurt at all. The reason for this is because is because your fingertips has built up a hard mass and because of this, you can barely feel all of the sliding and pressing that is done onto your fingertips.

Some people recommend putting on a glove or bandages while playing guitar, but I don’t think that is necessary. Yes, building calluses will hurt, but it honestly couldn’t be the worst thing in the world. If you do wear a glove or bandage, you will have to wear it all the time, you won’t be able to get used to playing without them on, and you will look silly wearing those things. Also, if you wear something like a glove, it makes playing guitar harder because you can’t really accurately press down on a fret, and that might mess you up when you are playing harder stuff. So yeah, you will have to suffer a bit to build those calluses that I mentioned earlier. But hey, who said learning guitar was easy? 

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