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Beginners and Building Calluses

GuitarFool's picture

I just picked up the guitar. I've been playing for about a week or so, and my fingers hurt. Your supposed to grow calluses so my questions are.

-How long does it take to grow calluses depending on if you practice 30 minutes a day.

-Does swabbing rubbing alcohol on your fingers help making calluses?

-Is there any other way to get calluses other than just playing?

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Spidercents's picture

I cant really remember its

I cant really remember its been so long however it shouldn't take to long to toughen finger tips...you could probably toughen finger tips by taking a guitar string and lying it on a table and push on it with tips...or maybe have the string in hand and do something similar without the table... E,A or D string would work I would think.

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GuitarFool's picture

I'll get started on that

I'll get started on that

spare_time's picture

You can try this stuff, my

You can try this stuff, my buddy told me about it the other day: http://quikcallus.com

Supposedly it helps build calluses faster. I haven't tried it yet, but it might be worth a shot.

Also: practice.

GuitarinaNutshell's picture

I think you should expect it

I think you should expect it to take around 3-4 weeks to start building up tougher skin on the tips of your fingers given your practice time, once that happens it should make playing guitar easier. It would also depend on whether you are playing a nylon or steel string guitar. In the future should you stop playing every day it only takes about 2 weeks of not playing for calluses to start to disappear again and you'll have to build them back.

jbmuso's picture

Yeah, every time I stop

Yeah, every time I stop playing for a couple of months and then get back into I get calluses after about 2 weeks. The idea is to play until they hurt, then let them heal and play again. Calluses are formed as part of the healing process.

brian's picture

You can always do what Eric

You can always do what Eric Clapton recommends. Apply rubbing alcohol on your fingertips a couple tips a day until your finger tips start to toughen up. This will speed this process up in other words.

brian's picture

Alcohol simply drys the

Alcohol simply drys the skin.

I agree nothing is better then just playing to develop calluses.

brian's picture

It just speeds up the process

It just speeds up the process that's all. Playing guitar everyday will balance it all out.

RockTips's picture

I use a product called

I use a product called rock-tips liquid callus builder because I have sensitive fingertips, especially when they're cold. it protects your fingertips and lets you play a lot longer at a time, which helps build your natural calluses up faster.

RockTips's picture

Hey Dann - That's a relevant

Hey Dann - That's a relevant point. However, I've found in testing that the use of Rock-Tips actually enables you to build your calluses faster, simply by allowing you to play longer at a sitting. Finger-Ease works great but doesn't really do anything for the fingertip pain.