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Offline detone

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Need answer about calloused fingers
« on: February 23, 2011, 02:51:58 am »
Anyone with the same problem or know how to correct this please chime in!! I have callouses on my fretting hand of course but what happens is I get grooves in the callouses and the strings want to follow these groves when shifting different positions and causes problems with string buss or bad chord formation. Is this a sign I'm pressing to hard???


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Re: Need answer about calloused fingers
« Reply #1 on: February 23, 2011, 03:00:54 am »
It happens.

You could be pressing too hard, or it could just be a consequence of playing for long periods of time.

I just massage the groove out when I get one.

If you are practicing the same piece over and over, try something different for a change so you use your fingers in a different way for a while.
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Re: Need answer about calloused fingers
« Reply #2 on: February 23, 2011, 08:29:07 pm »
Everyone gets calluses and grooves, it comes with the territory.
That said, it is important to have a well set-up guitar and also to practice using optimum (read adequate) finger force on the strings. Beginners often compensate for unpracticed technique and uncertainty by using too much force, and it's essential not to allow this to become a unbreakable beast of a bad habit in your playing.

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Re: Need answer about calloused fingers
« Reply #3 on: February 24, 2011, 12:00:08 am »
I have a groove in my index finger. I can't back off the tension because then I get buzz.
Then again, like nobody uses strings as heavy as mine here it seems. :P

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Re: Need answer about calloused fingers
« Reply #4 on: February 24, 2011, 04:15:05 am »
CZ, if you're playing with extra pressure in order to prevent buzz, it might be a good idea to experiment with action and neck relief. If the guit's set up right, you shouldn't need to kill your fingers like that.

BTW, what gauge strings are your using?

Detone: As for the grooves -- yeah, me too. Grooves on top of, and in spite of, calluses. As long as I'm playing the same thing over and over, I just ignore the grooves. Then after a while, it's time to play something different and the grooves get 'worked out' by the action of the new fingerings. Pressing needlessly hard can definitely make the problem worse; it's my bad habit to try and make the guitar co-operate through brute force rather than just playing it.  :-\

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Re: Need answer about calloused fingers
« Reply #5 on: February 24, 2011, 06:42:48 am »
BN-

Cue plays 'Park Railings' gauge strings ;)

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Re: Need answer about calloused fingers
« Reply #6 on: February 24, 2011, 11:22:01 am »
CZ, if you're playing with extra pressure in order to prevent buzz, it might be a good idea to experiment with action and neck relief. If the guit's set up right, you shouldn't need to kill your fingers like that.

BTW, what gauge strings are your using?


Cue plays with .013 and higher (as do i), so yeah...
Not very likely he'll be backing off the pressure unles he likes his guitar buzzing like a bee's nest.

@ cue : why not use a pumice stone to get rid of the groove in your callus ?
Works for me  :)
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Re: Need answer about calloused fingers
« Reply #7 on: February 24, 2011, 02:38:59 pm »
Dan is right. I only have 13-56 in my stash with just one exception - it's 14-59.
Even on my electric I stepped up to 11-54. Kinda makes me wonder how people can play on 8s (I honestly thought 9 was the thinnest).
I have one 9, and it's the G string on my travel guitar (high-strung tuning).

I decreased the neck relief already to the point of some buzzing (it's only just bearable) and the saddle action is as low as I want to go. If I go even lower the strings would lose too much break angle and I'd lose volume and tone. The buzz is OK since I'm playing a lot of barre chords as of late. I'll have to check though if the buzz gets through when the guitar is amplified. If it is I'll have to increase the relief again.

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Re: Need answer about calloused fingers
« Reply #8 on: February 24, 2011, 05:45:22 pm »
(I honestly thought 9 was the thinnest).


.07 was the lowest gauge, actually.
Look it up, you'll see some manufacturers made those at some point.
They've been out of production for ages though, they snapped like nobody's business.
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Re: Need answer about calloused fingers
« Reply #9 on: February 24, 2011, 06:14:05 pm »
I can imagine. I mean, 7 would be thin enough to tune up to high. If a 9 can handle a high G... ;D
I'm amazed that people even get sound out of that... and I would probably bend everything off the fretboard.
I really enjoy the increased output on my electric. :D
Dan, what strings (gauge) are you on for electric?

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Re: Need answer about calloused fingers
« Reply #10 on: February 25, 2011, 02:07:52 am »
Hey Detone, it could be worse!


On the parallel topic of strings, I use 12-52 on the Jag and 11s on everything else (all electrics) except the baritone, which never gets played anyway.

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Re: Need answer about calloused fingers
« Reply #11 on: February 25, 2011, 06:44:15 pm »
I think if I were to search back in on this site, I would find the very same question from myself. :-)

Yes, you'll get grooves. Yeah, it's a pain in the butt.

However, once your skin toughens up deep enough, the grooves will go away.

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Re: Need answer about calloused fingers
« Reply #12 on: February 25, 2011, 07:10:53 pm »
There's still some groove left on my fingers, and they have been this toughened ever since I got my Taylor back in August '09.

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Re: Need answer about calloused fingers
« Reply #13 on: February 26, 2011, 06:55:02 pm »
Get more grooves :)!!

No, not kidding: play a twelve string for some time, and if you're lucky (like me), you'll get three grooves per finger, making your finger tips "flat" in parts.

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