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Developing Guitar Calluses

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No pain, no gain?? That certainly seems to be an accurate motto for guitar players, at least when they?re starting out.? Most guitar players will remember, or new guitar players know what if feels like to first start playing guitar.? There are red indents in your fingers and every finger stings after lessons and practice.? This is because your fingers are not used to playing guitar yet.?? Does that mean you should stop playing the guitar once your fingers start to hurt?? Or keep playing and hope the calluses build quickly?

Don?t think about building calluses when you?re playing the guitar!? Think about the skill you?re learning, how much progress you?re making and how much you enjoy your new instrument.? Calluses will form naturally by playing the guitar over an extended period of time.? However, before calluses develop, your fingers will hurt.? This isn?t something to fret about, every guitarist has been through this stage and they all still have their fingers intact.? The pain will pass, but it takes some time.

If you?re worried about developing guitar calluses quickly, there are a few tricks you can do to help speed up the process.

??? ?Don?t soak your fingers in water or moisturize them.
??? ?Don?t press on the guitar strings too hard.? If you press with just enough force, you will be able to play longer.
??? ?If you can?t stand the pain anymore, don?t overdo it.? Take a break for a few hours and then pick up the guitar again.
??? ?Put your fingers in hot water with salt for a few minutes a day for about a month, or until calluses starts to form.
??? ?Soak your fingers in rubbing alcohol.? This dries out the fingers.

Remember that the more you play and practice, the easier it will be to play your guitar.? Just have fun!

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