Does calluses bother you?

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  1. Lord Midi

    Lord Midi The Dane of Music

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    This can seem like an awkward question, but here goes:

    Guitar players - Does calluses on your fingers bother you?

    And how bad is it?


    Another question:

    How hard is it to play a steel-string acoustic, if you choose it as your first guitar?
    Last edited: May 12, 2004
  2. Pol

    Pol Stuck on the M1 <img src="images/smilies/shakehead Staff Member Super Mod

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    You don't even notice them after a while so don't let it deter you
  3. shmoses

    shmoses New Member

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    yeah, don't worry about it. they just become normal after a couple of weeks.

    and if you've got a choice, a steel-string is a good idea, but if you could get a nylon stringed guitar, they're a pretty good start point.
  4. Lord Midi

    Lord Midi The Dane of Music

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    I want to play rock, mostly, and that's why I want a steel-string...

    Though a nylon-string might be a good starting point, I can only afford one guitar right now...

    With this I mean, that if I go and buy a nylon-string, it probably won't give me sound I want, and then I'll have to go out and buy a steel-string afterwards, when I've learned the basics...
    And my budget is pretty tight!

    So, if I want to play rock, and can afford only one guitar:

    I can learn to play guitar on a steel-string, right?
  5. rknrne

    rknrne Active Member

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    I usually get an emory board and scrub them smooth along with my nails. If I ever chip a nail, I just go nuts picking at them,
    which in turn gets me pulling at the dead skin and it all turns into a horrible mess.
    So now I keep nail files ,emory boards, clippers in my gig bag. All I need now is some eyeliner,mirror, lip gloss and I'll have a $@#%$% makeup case ..............
  6. Lord Midi

    Lord Midi The Dane of Music

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    Now that this question is up, I'm wondering:

    How long does it take to develop calluses?

    Are we talking days? weeks? months?
  7. Bladez26

    Bladez26 New Member

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    Depends on the frequency of your playing, condition of you hands, etc. I had a break from playing for a few years, playing very infrequently, so lost my calluses. Since playing fulltime for the past two years I got them back pretty quick.
    One thing I have developed as I'm now playing three to four times a week (gigs that is then practice on top) is that I'm getting a blister/calluse on my right hand (picking one) where I rest my ring finger on the pickguard and rock it back and forth.
    One tip I was given is if they become a problem, soak your fingers in metho to toughen them up.
  8. rknrne

    rknrne Active Member

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    ......... Or try Peeing on them ,
    like all those home-run hitters in baseball

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