Learning Guitar - What's With The Pain In My Finger Tips?

Here's the question we hear so many times. "I just started learning to play guitar and the tips of my fingers on my fingering hand hurt. Why, and will it always hurt." No, the pain will stop. This is actually really good news. It shows progress. As you start to learn finger placement on the strings your finger tips will start to hurt. This is because your soft finger tip is pressing down onto a hard metal or nylon string. The more you do this the more you will build up callous on the tips of your fingers. The callous will build up naturally over time and protect your finger tips. If you practice finger technique for at least fifteen to twenty minutes daily it will take about three weeks to build your callous and for the pain to go away. Your fingers will get pretty sore at first but as you keep going and building callous the soreness will diminish. By the time you get three weeks into regular practice you will have built up enough callous on your finger tips to play without soreness in your finger tips.

Learning Guitar - What's With The Pain In My Finger Tips?

Learning the basic chords which are, A, B, C, D, E, F, G, Em, and Am, is what you will be doing as you build the callous on your finger tips. These are the basic easy to learn chord positions. Take three chords at a time and move through that progression until you are comfortable with the changes. The first progression to start with is G, C and D. Play through the progression G, C, D, C, G, and do that over and over starting slowly and building speed as you go. Soon you will be able to play through this progression with ease.

With your strum hand you will be developing your sense of timing and technique. Vary your technique between strumming and picking. It will all seem clumsy at first. Start slowly and be persistent, you'll be surprised at how quickly you improve. You should get a soft pick, a medium pick and a hard pick and play with each one until you decide which you prefer.

So over these first three weeks you will be developing these foundational elements of playing guitar.

  1. Build callous on your finger tips.
  2. Learn basic chords.
  3. Become comfortable playing through basic chord progressions.
  4. Rhythm and timing.
  5. Strum and picking technique.

These five elements may seem like a lot to accomplish in three weeks but they're really not. You will be developing all five at the same time. So be patient with yourself and don't give up. By the time three weeks is up you'll be ready to start with some serious instruction. If you have that creative fire to play guitar, go for it.

Onward and Upward.

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Recommended by Bruce Stewart Nutting, at, http://guitarmusictoday.blog.com.

by Bruce Nutting; Saturday, May 28, 2011 @ 12:36 PM [1901]

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