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Question Calluses - How do you maintain your fingers?

Hi,

This is something I always wanted to ask. In order to be able to play, I must regularly shave/peel calluses from my finger tips and treat them with moisturizing creme. I use the creme every two days and shaving/peeling every 5-7 days. Now, if I don't do this, the calluses get very hard and I no longer can hold the strings; they just slip off my finger tips, absolutely no grip there

Thankfully, the "maintenance routine" I described prevents this.

Anybody else with "no grip" finger tips from calluses without "maintenance"?

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Re: Calluses - How do you maintain your fingers?

that doesnt sound good at all!

i find that if i dont play for a while, my finger tips go soft, and i cant play for as long, but they soon toughen up again. and they kinda become like the skin on the heel of your foot - tough/hard, but not in need of shaving/moisturising!

have you tried different brands of strings/other possible variables??
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that doesnt sound good at all!

i find that if i dont play for a while, my finger tips go soft, and i cant play for as long, but they soon toughen up again. and they kinda become like the skin on the heel of your foot - tough/hard, but not in need of shaving/moisturising!

have you tried different brands of strings/other possible variables??
I play since I was 6 and I am 45 now, and as long as I can remember as soon as I play long stretches every day, my tips get hard and loose grip. That happens on both classical and electrical guitars. I also never sweat in my hands. And believe me, I tried every string on the market. I nowadays buy bulk whatever is in sales offer. Just bought a 10 pack of GHS boomers for $7 a pack.

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A picture says more than a 1000 words....

This is my fingering hand after a three hour work out doing scales and arpeggios...



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I played for over 20 years before I had carpel tunnel surgery and never had much problem. Since then I play ALOT more and my finger tips hurt regularly and I have to give it a break every so often. Hopefully after a year or 3 I won't have that issue any more!!
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It's a good question.

What gauge strings do you use??

There are little things I do to NOT soften my callouses like wearing a rubber glove when I am doing dishes if I know I'm going to play afterwards and things like that.
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It's a good question.

What gauge strings do you use??

There are little things I do to NOT soften my callouses like wearing a rubber glove when I am doing dishes if I know I'm going to play afterwards and things like that.
56 to 9 on 7-string
46 to 9 (basically a 10 set with a 9 on the 1st E) on 6-string

Wet soft fingers suck indeed

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I have never done anything to maintain the callus's on my fingers, playing seems to keep them good. I also asked a bunch of people who play guitar/bass and they also don't do anything to their's. Maybe you have a thing like my sister, on her feet skin grows faster than normal leaving huge callus's and she also has to shave skin off regularly.
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I have never done anything to maintain the callus's on my fingers, playing seems to keep them good. I also asked a bunch of people who play guitar/bass and they also don't do anything to their's. Maybe you have a thing like my sister, on her feet skin grows faster than normal leaving huge callus's and she also has to shave skin off regularly.
Yup, it must be the genes. Thanks for the input bro!

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I played for over 20 years before I had carpel tunnel surgery and never had much problem. Since then I play ALOT more and my finger tips hurt regularly and I have to give it a break every so often. Hopefully after a year or 3 I won't have that issue any more!!
I was in the same boat. It took a while to build my stamina back up after carpal tunnel surgery. Now I can play for a good 2-3 hours before my hand starts cramping. Otherwise I've never had any issues with callouses other than I can't play for too long when I don't have any.
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A picture says more than a 1000 words....
I've found it helps to play with guitar strings and not razor wire. Damn dude what the hell? I have calluses but even after spending six hours solid on my day off from work there's no visible damage. D:
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Based on what I'm seeing in that pic, I wonder if using an emery board would be a more controlled way to reduce them? Cutting/shaving calluses can be tricky business (I've only done it on my feet, and accidentally cut too deeply once or twice).

Maybe get 2 emery boards... 1 pretty rough, and another that's finer. Hit them first with the rough one to knock down the bulk, then finish it off with the finer one to remove any ragged pieces of skin that might be hanging off.
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