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Guitar Fool
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Jan 28th, 2015 08:34 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

to the point that you have to stop..

for me its 2-3 hours, give or take...at least it was yesterday

I try to play at least once a day, but it doesn't always happen...if I go a few days without playing then its going to be much less..

I'm curious... do some of you never get to the point where your fingers hurt so bad that you have to stop?

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Jan 28th, 2015 02:30 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Hmmm. I can't imagine my fingers hurting so much I had to stop at this stage. Even playing a lot of acoustic.

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Jan 28th, 2015 02:56 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

This can happen to me also. And I try to play just about every day. If I go past a 3 hour long stretch of playing with a lot of lead noodling and a lot of string bending they get sore. I play 11's so that is part of the reason. But I'm good if I'm doing just cord progressions. No problem. I get sore under my fingernails sometimes from bending strings, that is painful!

Guitar Fool
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Jan 28th, 2015 07:06 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Vic.. I played bass for 20 years...and could play 3-4 hour gigs and it wouldnt bother me in the least..

but that was 20 years ago....and I dont play bass anymore...
playing alot of acoustic is definitely going to keep your fingertips in shape...I dont have one anymore...just lost interest in it...

but with the guitar, I just can't keep the callouses in shape like i used to...I play with 10's.....not sure my fingers could handle 11's scotty..;-0

even though my finger tips are sore today, Ive not had any trouble playing... at least for the first hour...but thats all i could get in today...


its a topic I don't recall ever seeing posted and Im just curious about what others have to say about it...



larryguitar19

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Jan 28th, 2015 07:48 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I can't think of anytime that happening and I play a Gibson J/45 with mediums.

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Jan 28th, 2015 09:02 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I don't gig anymore, just record. I've gotten into marathon tracking sessions where I setup a loop on say a solo, and work the hell out of it until I'm ready to roll. My fingertips can get pretty frayed.

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Jan 29th, 2015 07:41 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I can play for hours and my fingertips are fine. The pain I get is usually back pain after a few hours of standing and playing.

I use D'Addario .011 - .049 gauge.

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Jan 29th, 2015 07:54 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

My fingers don't usually ache, but when they do, I have a Puritan mind-set about it: If I've been playing a lot, it's martyrdom. If I haven't, it's penance. So, it's all good.



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Jan 29th, 2015 08:35 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

If your fingers hurt then you are not playing enough. Play more ...

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Jan 30th, 2015 01:29 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

FWIW, I use skinny top, heavy bottoms. 10 - 52

gdw3

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Jan 30th, 2015 03:41 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I recently got a new acoustic/electric (NGD post coming!), and I played it a ton the first week. My fingers were sore! But not so much that I had to stop.

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Jan 30th, 2015 03:45 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

There's another culprit that can cause sore fingers, and that is tall frets or frets that are not softly crowned. If your frets have a squarish profile instead of softened "D"shape profile, that will contribute to soreness IMO.

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Jan 30th, 2015 04:42 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"If your fingers hurt then you are not playing enough. Play more ..."

I think we're all guilty of that..;-0.

no.. i agree.. i don't get to play as much as I like... but after 3 hrs straight my finger tips need a break... I guess i can live with that...

years ago when all i played was acoustic I had furrows in my fingertips...

Achase4u

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Jan 31st, 2015 08:22 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

3 hours is a long time on an instrument.

Horn players need plenty of breaks or they can risk damaging embouchure muscle damage/dystonia.

I know allot of guys have claimed 8 hour practice days, and they do that I am sure, but they also take breaks and listen to their body. No sense in putting in that much time to improve skill on an instrument only to ruin your ability to play with injuries.

It's easy to fall into long practice traps on guitar because you grip the neck and just play using your fingers. Be kind to your body!


RGD

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Feb 1st, 2015 02:34 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I can play all day. Occasionally my ring finger gets a little sore, but that stems more from breaking it years ago and it is slightly crooked.

I'll second the comment that the solution is to play more.

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Feb 2nd, 2015 07:45 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I play about 3 - 4 times a week. After playing an hour to an hour & a half my fingertips don't really get sore but my two middle fingers will start to cramp and, a few times, have even locked up where I have to stop playing and massage the cramps out of them. Sorta like carpal tunnel, I don't know. My Fender's have 10's and my Gibsons 11's.

I haven't sat down with my acoustic in a while so I don't know about that one.

shunka

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Feb 2nd, 2015 11:48 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

My fingers haven't hurt enough to make me stop since I first gigged. I tend to use "correct classical left hand position, as that is the way I was taught. After the first few gigs, of playing Barre chords for 4 hours, I've built up the stamina. It used to cause pain in my palm, not my finger tips. After a long acoustic session, especially if I've been bending a lot, I will also get that "skin pulling away from the nails" feeling, but again, never enough to stop.

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Feb 10th, 2015 07:19 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I don't play as much as I used to, and all that's done is made me go from 10-52 sets to 10-46 sets.

gdw3

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Feb 11th, 2015 01:15 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

JAFO, you should be careful about that. Do you stretch after warming up? If you don't, start. This coming from someone who has had injuries from playing too much.

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Feb 13th, 2015 01:52 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I've noticed after being on a Les Paul kick for the past year, my callouses are not what they used to be. I decided to start playing an acoustic at least 30 minutes a day to get them toughened back up. My new LP Traditional is especially, "too easy"! Also noticed the fingers stiffen up after an hour or so. If you don't use it, you'll lose it!

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