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Why do my fingers hurt when I play guitar so much!?
I have been playing guitar for as long as I can remember and it has never bothered me before, but in recent weeks, my fingers hurt only on my left hand on the side of the finger facing the thumb and the underside!. Is this normall or will I just have to get my fingers amputated (kidding)!?Www@QuestionHome@Com
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I pratice guitar for 1 to 2 hours a day!. The reason why your fingers hurt can be a number of reasons!.
The reasons I look for when I get a new guitar and I play it to see what I need to tune up on it!.
The strings can hurt your fingers if you play a string gauge that is to rough and heavy gauge!. For Exsample I use to play GHS Boomers !.12 gauge strings when I started out because I only played heavy metal!.
As I learned more on guitar I learned that the strings hurt my fingers because the strings were to rough!.
The string hight off the neck can hurt your fingers because you gotta push down harder with the tension of the strings keeping them closer to the neck makes you fight the strings less to play a note!.
The bridge position can be to high causing you to have to fight the strings to play notes from the 7th fret down!.
Other reasons why can be because you do not pratice everyday!. Or your finger tips are not conditioned enough to endure a long play!.
One Reason why I am stuck with Ernie Ball Super Slinky (hot pink Pack) is because the strings are cust !.09 gauge and smooth!.
Gibson makes flat wound strings which are even more smooth than them!. And D'Addario make some ok strings that are some what smooth to your fingers!.
I much rather play the Ernie Balls though because they are the smoothet strings I have ever played and I played a lot of different guitar strings!.
Just gotta find what feels right to you and set your guitar to feel right to you also!. This is why I always say it is never the guitar as much as the guitarist!. Normal care and matanice of the guitar can prevent this!.Www@QuestionHome@Com
if you are expanding your guitar skills and learning new things then it is natural for your fingers to hurt even if you've played all your life, just because you're learning new positions or chords or whatever, and the pain will go away shortly as you continue to practice!. the same thing happened to me!. but if you've been playing the same stuff you've always been playing and your fingers all of a sudden hurt then i don't know what you tell youWww@QuestionHome@Com
ulysess you're a f*cking dumb@$$ you can play for at least 2 hours!.
anyway if you are playing those long jam sessions, take a five minute break every half an hour or so, it really helps!.
also stretching your fingers, wrists and hands really help!. do it before, after and maybe even during your practice!.
hope i helped!.Www@QuestionHome@Com
It's not clear from your post whether your finger pain is epidermal as in blisters or more like bone spurs!. To protect blistered fingers, try a little Elmer's Glue on your fingertip!. The bone spurs you'll just have to wait and allow them to heal!.
you probably play to much your supposed to play for only 15minWww@QuestionHome@Com
Try playing bass
and you won't have any fingers buddy
that happes when i play pianoWww@QuestionHome@Com