Finger pain...i'm a weenie i guess!

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walzyj

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So I've just started 2 weeks ago. (I started out watching some youtube before joining GT). I've practiced a little every day and am now in Chapter 2 of Lisa's lessons, but I just can't practice for very long before my fretting fingers get so sore or fatigued that I can't continue beyond 5-10 minutes. I start getting sloppy pretty quickly. My question to ya'll is: How long before that pain starts to go away and my fingers get a little better endurance so that I can practice longer? I've noticed some callouses beginning to form but it still hurts quite a bit!

--Jason (whiny baby)

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So I've just started 2 weeks ago. (I started out watching some youtube before joining GT). I've practiced a little every day and am now in Chapter 2 of Lisa's lessons, but I just can't practice for very long before my fretting fingers get so sore or fatigued that I can't continue beyond 5-10 minutes. I start getting sloppy pretty quickly. My question to ya'll is: How long before that pain starts to go away and my fingers get a little better endurance so that I can practice longer? I've noticed some callouses beginning to form but it still hurts quite a bit!

--Jason (whiny baby)

hsnoeckx

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after about 3 weeks it will get better, don't worry and hang in there

Herman

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after about 3 weeks it will get better, don't worry and hang in there

Herman

DunceCap-J

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Originally Posted by: hsnoeckx

after about 3 weeks it will get better, don't worry and hang in there

Herman

I can handle that. Thanks for the encouragment, Herman!

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Originally Posted by: hsnoeckx

after about 3 weeks it will get better, don't worry and hang in there

Herman

I can handle that. Thanks for the encouragment, Herman!

DavesGuitarJourney

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A little finger pain is good! Means you're working those muscles and building the calluses. I have gone through several distinct phases of calluses. At first I had a kind of hard pad of kind of brittle feeling skin on my tips, but eventually those pads kind of peeled as new, tougher, skin grew in underneath. Now the calluses are not as visible, they are more internal, if that makes sense. I still had a fair bit of pain with that first callus, but almost none now.

Stick with it and it will get better very quickly.

It takes as long as it takes unless you quit - then it takes forever and you will never get there.

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A little finger pain is good! Means you're working those muscles and building the calluses. I have gone through several distinct phases of calluses. At first I had a kind of hard pad of kind of brittle feeling skin on my tips, but eventually those pads kind of peeled as new, tougher, skin grew in underneath. Now the calluses are not as visible, they are more internal, if that makes sense. I still had a fair bit of pain with that first callus, but almost none now.

Stick with it and it will get better very quickly.

It takes as long as it takes unless you quit - then it takes forever and you will never get there.

mjgodin

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Everyone goes through it, welcome to the club. Some lighter gauge strings will help and lower the action if possible. If your starting out on acoustic it will take a little more time due to them having coarser strings and higher action but keep your practice time short and consistant and gradually build it up as you gain more callous strength.

Moe

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Everyone goes through it, welcome to the club. Some lighter gauge strings will help and lower the action if possible. If your starting out on acoustic it will take a little more time due to them having coarser strings and higher action but keep your practice time short and consistant and gradually build it up as you gain more callous strength.

Moe

faith83

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I'm the outlier on this one, Jason.

I'm not a believer in the idea that you have to suffer physical pain to learn guitar -- that's just not so. Get yourself a musician's practice glove -- inexpensive, available on Amazon. Use it till you build up some calluses. No suffering necessary. :-)

"You can get what you want or you can just get old." Billy Joel

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I'm the outlier on this one, Jason.

I'm not a believer in the idea that you have to suffer physical pain to learn guitar -- that's just not so. Get yourself a musician's practice glove -- inexpensive, available on Amazon. Use it till you build up some calluses. No suffering necessary. :-)

"You can get what you want or you can just get old." Billy Joel

DavesGuitarJourney

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I'm certainly not suggesting that severe pain is ok. I'm thinking more like the pain anyone feels from sore muscles when you start a new exercise routine. If you start a new routine at the gym, your muscles will bark a little bit at first. However, you do have to pay attention and if that is severe then you may have an actual injury. That's all I'm saying with the expectation of some finger pain with guitar - especially acoustic. If your fingers are bleeding or blistered or the muscles in your fingers, wrist, forearm, etc. are cramping. that's not cool and it's not ok.

I've never tried wearing a glove on my fretting hand, but if it works I wouldn't discourage anyone from doing it.

I can get preachy about the importance of a playable setup for us beginners, so I have to be a fan of anything that makes playing easier and more fun.

Thanks for being a voice of reason and checking some of our macho instincts, Faith!

It takes as long as it takes unless you quit - then it takes forever and you will never get there.

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I'm certainly not suggesting that severe pain is ok. I'm thinking more like the pain anyone feels from sore muscles when you start a new exercise routine. If you start a new routine at the gym, your muscles will bark a little bit at first. However, you do have to pay attention and if that is severe then you may have an actual injury. That's all I'm saying with the expectation of some finger pain with guitar - especially acoustic. If your fingers are bleeding or blistered or the muscles in your fingers, wrist, forearm, etc. are cramping. that's not cool and it's not ok.

I've never tried wearing a glove on my fretting hand, but if it works I wouldn't discourage anyone from doing it.

I can get preachy about the importance of a playable setup for us beginners, so I have to be a fan of anything that makes playing easier and more fun.

Thanks for being a voice of reason and checking some of our macho instincts, Faith!

It takes as long as it takes unless you quit - then it takes forever and you will never get there.

faith83

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Originally Posted by: DavesGuitarJourney

I'm certainly not suggesting that severe pain is ok. I'm thinking more like the pain anyone feels from sore muscles when you start a new exercise routine. If you start a new routine at the gym, your muscles will bark a little bit at first. However, you do have to pay attention and if that is severe then you may have an actual injury. That's all I'm saying with the expectation of some finger pain with guitar - especially acoustic. If your fingers are bleeding or blistered or the muscles in your fingers, wrist, forearm, etc. are cramping. that's not cool and it's not ok.

I've never tried wearing a glove on my fretting hand, but if it works I wouldn't discourage anyone from doing it.

I can get preachy about the importance of a playable setup for us beginners, so I have to be a fan of anything that makes playing easier and more fun.

Thanks for being a voice of reason and checking some of our macho instincts, Faith!

Well, I try to balance out some of the testosterone around here. ;-)

The trick to the glove is to get the smallest possible size so it fits as tightly as possible. It works great and it still builds calluses. I used it this go around, calluses and zero pain.

"You can get what you want or you can just get old." Billy Joel

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Originally Posted by: DavesGuitarJourney

I'm certainly not suggesting that severe pain is ok. I'm thinking more like the pain anyone feels from sore muscles when you start a new exercise routine. If you start a new routine at the gym, your muscles will bark a little bit at first. However, you do have to pay attention and if that is severe then you may have an actual injury. That's all I'm saying with the expectation of some finger pain with guitar - especially acoustic. If your fingers are bleeding or blistered or the muscles in your fingers, wrist, forearm, etc. are cramping. that's not cool and it's not ok.

I've never tried wearing a glove on my fretting hand, but if it works I wouldn't discourage anyone from doing it.

I can get preachy about the importance of a playable setup for us beginners, so I have to be a fan of anything that makes playing easier and more fun.

Thanks for being a voice of reason and checking some of our macho instincts, Faith!

Well, I try to balance out some of the testosterone around here. ;-)

The trick to the glove is to get the smallest possible size so it fits as tightly as possible. It works great and it still builds calluses. I used it this go around, calluses and zero pain.

"You can get what you want or you can just get old." Billy Joel

mjgodin

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"I got my first real six string. Bought it at the five and dime. Played it till my fingers bleed. Was the summer of 69."

Sorry Faith. What's good enough for Bryan Adams is good enough for me. 🤣

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"I got my first real six string. Bought it at the five and dime. Played it till my fingers bleed. Was the summer of 69."

Sorry Faith. What's good enough for Bryan Adams is good enough for me. 🤣

DunceCap-J

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I am playing an acoustic actually. (Just my preference). I kind of look at finger pain as a right of passage but if it continues for another week or so I just might try one of those practice gloves! Just don't tell anybody, ok?

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I am playing an acoustic actually. (Just my preference). I kind of look at finger pain as a right of passage but if it continues for another week or so I just might try one of those practice gloves! Just don't tell anybody, ok?