Picking Hand and Fretting Hand Fingers Hurt

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Bass Boy J, Jun 6, 2020.

  1. Bass Boy J

    Bass Boy J

    Mar 3, 2020
    Hello. Last Night I was playing my bass for maybe a few hours, working on my finger picking, as I am mostly a pick player. This morning when I woke up, my picking hand fingers hurt, and my fretting hand fingers hurt. I was wondering what I should do as it really hurts every time I try to play fingerstyle. I was wondering what I should do because I really enjoy finger picking and I don't want to take a break from it. Thanks!
  2. Couple of questions for clarity:
    1) Is the discomfort in the knuckles or the joints of the fingers them selves or just everywhere?
    2) Is it a sharp pain or achy pain?
    3) Is there swelling or discoloration where it hurts?
    4) Is the action set high?
    5) What gauge of strings to you use?
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  3. Bass Boy J

    Bass Boy J

    Mar 3, 2020
    1) It on the tips of my fingers.
    2) In between
    3) No discoloration
    4) Action was kind of low.
    5) 45-105
    Also I do a l a lot of bending.
  4. jchrisk1


    Nov 15, 2009
    Northern MI

  5. JRA

    JRA my words = opinion Gold Supporting Member

    that's where your calluses will be when they're properly 'grown'. :D

    you overdid it. take a break. if you catch the cycle well enough ("they hurt" - "take a break") = you'll have calluses in no time (weeks to months). and they'll become your best friends! good luck getting your calluses! :thumbsup:
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