Useful Tips

Playing guitar


So, why fingers can hurt when playing the guitar. They can hurt not only on the left hand but also on the right. We will consider several possible reasons, and I will try to give a couple of practical tips.
1.If you are new, have never played a guitar in their life, and for the first time they picked up an instrument. In this case, the fingers will hurt exactly. Nobody escaped this, without exception, who decided to learn to play. From my memories. When I decided to master the guitar, at first my fingers hurt very badly, and then corns formed. This is a rather unpleasant phenomenon, but the plus is that after a certain period, the skin on the fingers becomes very dense and insensitive. For example, my little finger of the left hand is even different in size from the little finger of the right hand, it is larger. This is due to the tightening of the skin on the fingers.
You do not need to be afraid of this pain; you just need to be patient and go through this period of time.
What to do if the pain in the fingers does not go away for a long time and it still hurts to play. Tip. First of all, check if your strings are too rigid, or they are too far from the neck, the height of the strings from the neck is very large. Change strings to softer ones. I recommend a size no thicker than 11s. Also, if necessary, give the guitar to the master to adjust the distance of the strings convenient for playing from the fretboard.

Special tools

There are special finger pads. They are different. I will give a photograph of one of the species.

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2. Pain in the fingers of the right hand.

I have a similar phenomenon when I do not pick up an instrument for a long time. The skin on the fingers of my right hand seems to “wean” from the strings, and then, when I start playing again, the pads rub and hurt.
Tip. First, try not to bring to the corns, because corns, for example on the left hand, do not affect the sound, unlike the right. If a callus forms on your right hand, then subsequently, the skin on this finger will begin to peel off, and playing with this finger will sound louder than everyone else. If you feel that it already hurts, your skin turns red, it’s better to stop, wait a day, the skin on your fingers will become tougher, and you can continue training. What else can be done? Tip 2. Some guitarists advise loosening the guitar by half a tone. Not mi-si-sol-re-la-mi, but re # -la # -fa # -do # -sol # -re #. Thus, the tension of the strings will not be so hard, and it will be easier to play accordingly.

3. The pain is not in the fingertips, but in any other place on the arm.

All that we talked about above applies to pain in the pads of the fingers, but there are times when the pain occurs elsewhere. It can be wrists, tendons, bends of hands. Tip. In this case, I recommend first of all to check the setting of the hands of the right and left hands. As a rule, hands hurt due to improper positioning. Contact an experienced guitar teacher who will tell you if you have the correct setting and advise something.

In conclusion, I’ll say that healthy hands are the success of any musician. Take it seriously!

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And I have 2 news for you: good and bad.

The bad news is that your fingers will still hurt for a while. But there is good news. Your pain can be significantly reduced to such a level that it will even become pleasant and will resemble the slight vibration of a mobile phone. Just bear with it until the corns grow, get stronger and as the irreplaceable parts of the body begin to fulfill their mission.

4 tips to reduce finger pain.

  • Strings - set the light tension to the classics, 9 or 10 matches to the western, 9 matches to the electro. These are the lightest and thinnest strings.
  • If the strings are too high and difficult to press, you need to adjust the height. To do this, on the classics you need to file the sills or tighten the anchor. On acoustics - file the sills. On an electric guitar, you need to adjust the strings.
  • To make all these manipulations go as painlessly as possible for your guitar - contact the master. And yet, you need to rebuild the anchor on the guitar every time you change the size of the strings or move to a different climate (for example, Sochi-Surgut).
  • Thirdly, we dose the load on the fingers, that is, it is better to play 7 times a week for half an hour than 1 time 4 hours and strip your fingers into the blood.
  • If you overdo the exercises, remove the pain from the fingers by applying pieces of ice to them.

After you build up the "calluses", you will not care what to play.

Thickening on the fingers will appear after 1-2 months of classes and will stay with you forever, even if you take breaks. After this period, you will not care what to play.

As you can see, pain in the fingers can be easily eliminated if you use the simple advice of experienced guitarists. If you want, take pain as a ritual of initiation in real guitarists. It hurts, but how much is there in this pain: hundreds of unsung songs and thousands of musical possibilities. And it's worth it, believe me.

Why does my left arm hurt when playing the guitar? Cause of voltage

Now consider the most common cause of stress. This is the stress resulting from the excessive closure of the contour formed from the pressure fingers on one side and the thumb on the other side of the neck. Naturally, to clamp the strings you need to close this circuit. Often people make too much effort when pressed. As a result, the left hand gradually strains, experiences pain and discomfort, and often stretches and loses fluency and endurance when running a long distance. The same legato or picking are not available at this voltage. In view of the foregoing, it becomes obvious that in order to get rid of pain in the left hand when playing the guitar, we need to minimize the stress in this circuit by reducing the pressure applied by fingers.

Eliminating pain and tension in the left hand while playing the guitar

How it's done? I suggest doing this from the opposite. We exaggerate the situation. We try to remove the thumb of the left hand and press the strings to frets without his help with a torn contour. To do this, you need inventory. A rag, sock or scarf, any product made of fabric that performs the function of jamming excess strings. Usually, by default, this function is performed by the index finger of the left hand or the edge of the palm of the right. How it works can be seen in video tutorials or in general lessons as part of this cycle.

In this case, we are forced to abandon the use of the right hand on jamming in order to provide some kind of counterbalance to the effort of the left hand. It occurs when you try to pinch a string without a thumb, opening the contour between the presser and thumb. This is an effort that needs to be countered.

In this case, with one finger of our right hand, we will click on a point approximately in the center of the deck. Keeping the balance of the guitar with one finger will not allow you to excessively press the strings with the fingers of your left hand with the circuit open. Since there is no circuit, then there is no voltage.

We can say that we are now catching the feeling of relaxation of the left hand when playing legato. I remind you once again that our right hand performs the function of counteracting the left, which, due to a small pull on itself, carries out pressure against the strings. A cloth performs the function of jamming excess strings. Play legate jogging without a thumb. Naturally, the coordination of the left hand will be disturbed, because there is no landmark that the thumb performed while on the back of the neck. But in order to catch a feeling of relaxation this is enough.

Try to learn how to play any legate phrase in this way relatively stably. Those. closing his eyes to the sound inaccuracies that occur when the coordination of the left hand is disturbed. There may be impaired dynamics, a slight arrhythmia, and even extra strings under a rag may ring. In this case, it does not matter. In the cheating method, we do not pursue the quality of sound extraction, as we usually do in the vast majority of cases when working with an instrument, but rather the sensations of relaxation of the left hand.

The phrase you will play does not have to be six-stringed. It can be three-stringed or on one string. Choose the one that is easier for you to play at the moment.

When you learn how to play it relatively stably without the thumb of your left hand on the back of the neck, return it to its rightful place. Place the edge of the palm of your right hand closer to the strings, as it is usually located when playing the guitar. And while maintaining the feeling that the left hand remembered, try playing the same phrase. If the sensation persists, it means that you have minimized to the required value the force that occurs in this circuit. Accordingly, the voltage will go away.

Of course, we must understand that the nature of tension in the left hand can be quite diverse, and we examined only one of the reasons that occurs in this circuit.

In the future, we will also constantly touch the left hand and discuss other causes of tension and how to deal with them.