Fingers hurting... best way to heal

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by jenderfazz, Jul 26, 2003.

  1. After a long day of constant jamming and aggressive fingerstyle playing, my fingertips get sensitive and hurt a little. Usually, we practice once a week so I can rest if my fingers hurt. But we're practicing again all day tomorrow, and I'd like my fingers to heal a bit. What's the best solution for sensitive fingertips? Cream?

    Also, I'm using my ring finger a lot more, and since it hasn't callused at all, there's a bubble thing on it. What's the best way to deal with them? Popping them? Or waiting for them to just die? Thanks.
  2. mikemulcahy


    Jun 13, 2000
    The Abyss
    Several good threads on callouses and blisters. Just do a SEARCH, all things will become real.

  3. mans0n


    Jun 15, 2002
    I'd suggest playing softer, much softer. Also, dont "work at" getting calluses it merely makes the problem worse and in many cases it doesnt help your playing. Another thing you might do is switch to groundwound or flatwound strings which would be less abrasive. Switching away from stainless steel strings could help also.

    Dont pop blisters, let them heal the way they will, the natural way.

    The best way to heal is rest. Stop playing as much, or at all for a day or two. Creams on your fingers likely wont help this problem at all, as it would probably add moisture to your skin making them more sensitive and less resiliant to scratches/pressure as if your skin was drier.
  4. FretNoMore

    FretNoMore * Cooking with GAS *

    Jan 25, 2002
    The frozen north
    If you can change your technique, play with a softer touch and let the amp do more of the work.

    Also, perhaps it's better to practice more often than once a week, and for shorter periods of time, that way you might build some calluses without blisters.
  5. secretdonkey


    Oct 9, 2002
    Austin, TX
    I agree with Anders that practicing is the key. There isn't anything that's going to heal your fingers for work the next day. I find that when I haven't gigged in awhile, my fingertips can get pretty angry after the third set. They can hurt like heck for about the first song or two of the fourth set, but the pain subsides after that until I stop playing again. You might find that you can carry on after you get past the initial pain - the blistered finger notwithstanding...

    Blisters are bad news for me - do a search on that subject, as previously suggested...

  6. Haha, I play bass every day, don't worry. I'm getting practice that way. I mean band practice though, because it's just constant rehearsing and playing and you can't stop if the rest of the band is still playing.

    I usually play softly anyways, but yesterday we were playing a song that required more punch and I just felt like playing more aggresively. Oh well, guess I payed the price.

    Well my blister's almost gone. I'll go easy on that finger today. Thanks everyone.
  7. fastplant


    Sep 26, 2002
    I'd play with a pick if they hurt too much to pluck. Let them heal before you play with your fingers again.
  8. Thanks fastplant. I've been doing that all day and hopefully my fingers'll heal. Gives me an excuse to improve my picking!
  9. Tronictq


    Jan 23, 2001
    Don't let them heal, keep on playing. In a week or two after constant playing, you won't have the problem again, as long as you keep playing a lot.

    It's almost like building up your resistance to a poison.

    But seriously, the best way to heal is just time. It only takes a couple days for me for the "rawness" to go away.

  10. when my finger tips get angry, and I "have" to play the next day, I'll usually use moleskin over the finger tips w/ a little medical tape wrapped around it to enure the moleskin stays on. The mole skin will take the friction and heat away from your finger tips.
    I don't recommend this as a substitute for repetative practice but it works in a pinch.

    Just last week my band gigged on thursday (3hrs), then a friday night (3 more hours) then on sunday I sat in for a house band on open mike and played another 4 hrs. My fingers hated me, but i did the moleskin trick and it saved me from getting any blisters and kept the pinkness down to a minimum.
  11. Fuzzbass

    Fuzzbass P5 with overdrive Gold Supporting Member

    Cool! Very good idea to get decent at pickstyle and fingerstyle.
  12. Saetia

    Saetia Supporting Member

    Mar 27, 2003
    When my fingers hurt, I usually resort to a different way of playing, I have been practicing alot lately, 4 hours a day for the past week and a half getting ready for a gig, and my fingers have been getting rather sore, I just switch over to pick, or if I can play some parts slap I will. Last night I accidentally picked up an open container of super glue and before I knew it I had it on my fingers, all my tips, and I had to play today. Took a bit to get used too but it was like a barrier between my fingers and the strings, kinda weird, but no hurting today. Anywho
  13. I say just play through it and get used to it. That's what I generally do and I never get blisters, and only soreness very occasionally.