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callouses, guitar finger conditioning
« on: December 27, 2013, 06:09:50 PM »
Lately, I've been out in the snow, gloves get wet, = wet finger tips, - doing dishes or immersing hands in the bath/ shower water for a while only adds to the 'soft' fingertips ... 

so the callouses end up peeling off, leaving giant gaps and rather raw patches that just aren't good on steel strings when trying to play guitar.

My 'fix' for this has always just been to start over on the re-conditioning by playing everyday for an hour or so, or sitting and running my fingers up and down the fret board while pressing and sliding so that a callous will re-form.  but it takes several days for this to happen. 

I wonder if there's anything you other guitar players do to help in the process of re-conditioning the fingers so that callouses can build up faster, making endurance times longer.

has anyone ever tried coating the finger tips with 'crazy glue'? I heard this works, but never tried it..and thought it might help, but on the other hand it may only protect the fingers and not actually help with creating new callouses, which is ultimately what I'd like to see.

what do you guys n gals do?
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Re: callouses, guitar finger conditioning
« Reply #1 on: December 27, 2013, 07:27:09 PM »
Since one of the main ingredients of crazy glue is a cyanide relative, I don't think I'd put it on me on purpose. As far as I know, the only way to build callous is abuse. Although a very talented guitarist I knew in high school got stoked on LSD and burned his fingertips with a lighter. I lost touch with him shortly thereafter, so I don't know how that worked out... :o
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Re: callouses, guitar finger conditioning
« Reply #2 on: December 27, 2013, 08:31:55 PM »
Since one of the main ingredients of crazy glue is a cyanide relative, I don't think I'd put it on me on purpose. As far as I know, the only way to build callous is abuse. Although a very talented guitarist I knew in high school got stoked on LSD and burned his fingertips with a lighter. I lost touch with him shortly thereafter, so I don't know how that worked out... :o

yeah, I kinda wondered at the 'crazy glue' idea.. cyanide eh? 

okay then.

I'll just re-condition them as usual.. and wait for em to get the 'shell' back.

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Re: callouses, guitar finger conditioning
« Reply #3 on: December 27, 2013, 09:10:17 PM »
The older I get--and there are more miles on the odometer than the model year would suggest--the more I know there ain't no shortcuts. You want something, you gotta work for it.
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Re: callouses, guitar finger conditioning
« Reply #4 on: December 27, 2013, 09:43:24 PM »
.. the older I get ... the more I know there ain't no shortcuts. You want something, you gotta work for it.

well said!

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Re: callouses, guitar finger conditioning
« Reply #5 on: December 28, 2013, 08:43:34 PM »
I guess that's another lesson learned for me.
I like that idea of running the fingers up and down the frets to condition them, without actually having to sit there and play the chords for an hour.
if I slide them at different angles I can make grooves allover the finger tips, I think that helps in getting them harder faster.
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