Welcome to the forums!

Should a steel- string guitar hurt my fingers after a year?

Post your question here and an experienced guitar player or teacher will get back to you.

Moderator: The GN support team


Postby RandyEllefson » October 16th, 2010, 4:43 pm

I've been playing 25 years and my fingers always hurt when I return to the steel string.
Full streaming audio of my instrumental guitar albums is available at http://www.randyellefson.com, or download me playing "Dee" by Randy Rhoads at http://www.randyellefson.com/music/serenade/Dee_Randy_Ellefson.mp3
RandyEllefson
newbie
 
Posts: 25
Joined: June 13th, 2004, 7:07 am

Postby Jack Sullivan » December 25th, 2010, 5:54 pm

Try changing your technique. See how little pressure you can apply and still get a good clean note out.
Jack Sullivan
newbie
 
Posts: 4
Joined: December 18th, 2010, 11:21 am

Postby kent_eh » December 27th, 2010, 5:32 pm

When you return to steel string??
are you normally playing a classical, then occasionally pick up a steel string?

I think you might have to build your callouses to different level (I.E. spend a few weeks playing steel string consistently).
I wrapped a newspaper ’round my head
So I looked like I was deep
User avatar
kent_eh
Guitarnoise Denizen
 
Posts: 1879
Joined: February 20th, 2006, 6:39 pm
Location: Winnipeg

Postby TMats » February 20th, 2011, 1:49 pm

My answer to your question is, "No," it should not hurt to play after as much time as you've put in. The first guitar I owned hurt my fingers and nothing changed that; it just wasn't a good enough guitar with respect to action. Good enough action does not need to mean expensive. Anyway, think about going down to the music store and playing a few guitars--see if it makes a difference. Another thing you could do is have the luthier at your favorite store take a look at it.
User avatar
TMats
newbie
 
Posts: 2
Joined: February 19th, 2011, 3:05 pm
Location: NW Wyoming

Previous