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post Sep 19 2008, 09:12 PM
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My left hand fingers have gotten quite raw over a year of playing string instruments (I started playing cello a few months before guitar, and I still play it too) and so I'm really using to that. But my right hand fingers are all not used to the same abuse, so after I practiced until my fingers were bleeding last night (literally or figuratively) I have had a severe blister-ish thing form on my finger. It is okay through anything else (typing this for example) but when I go back to the tapping licks on the guitar it kills my finger every time I hammer on. Does anyone have any advice other than to just let it calloused?

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post Sep 19 2008, 09:18 PM
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well really the best descicion would be to stop and let it callus because ull be able to practice a lot more when there is no pain...i dont see any better alternative or any other at that matter


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post Sep 19 2008, 09:20 PM
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I got this when I first started tapping.. Huge blisters on the fingers I was tapping with.
Not pretty, and not comfortable tongue.gif But they went away after some days without tapping. When the blisers were gone, I began tapping again and I could tap away for a long time without getting hurt tongue.gif


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post Sep 19 2008, 10:08 PM
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Tap with a different finger, you'll need to learn how to tap with that finger eventually anyways =)
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post Sep 19 2008, 10:41 PM
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You definitly need to stop and rest for a day/two, than try again..Key is not to over do it (to the red/hurting zone)...Practice only as much as you can go without hurting your fingers..As it starts hurting stop.Practicing too much , you will make blisters and you won't be able to play for some time....Your calluses will form fast and you will be able to tap as much as you want , just take it slowly at start smile.gif

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post Sep 19 2008, 11:17 PM
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It is normal to injure the sking if you play a lot, and skin is not hardened yet. Just take a rest until your injuries heal, and them move on, but this time on a slower tempo, don't push it. In a matter of weeks, the skin will harden enough to withstand tapping abuse smile.gif


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post Sep 20 2008, 11:07 AM
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If you are just starting to tap I would recommend tapping 2 days in a row 2 hours each day and then resting 1 day at least.
Your fingers will regenerate and you will feel much better .


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post Sep 20 2008, 04:48 PM
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QUOTE (sigma7 @ Sep 19 2008, 10:18 PM) *
well really the best descicion would be to stop and let it callus because ull be able to practice a lot more when there is no pain...i dont see any better alternative or any other at that matter

Spot on in my opinion:) Let it heal first, use the oppurtunity to brush up on some theory.


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