FDP Home Page / FDP Forum / FAQ's

The FDP is made possible by the following companies and individual members like you.
Please use the links below to show them we value their sponsorship.

Amplified Parts

Sweetwater

Antique Electronics Supply

Yellowjackets Tube Converters

Apex Tube Matching

MOD KITS DIY

WD Music

Jensen Loudspeakers


* God bless America and our men and women in uniform *

* Illegitimi non carborundum! *

If you benefit and learn from the FDP and enjoy our site, please help support us and become a Contributing Member or make a Donation today! The FDP counts on YOU to help keep the site going with an annual contribution. It's quick and easy with PayPal. Please do it TODAY!

Chris Greene, Host & Founder

LOST YOUR PASSWORD?

......................................................................

   
FDP Jam
Calendar
Find musicians
in your area!
  Search the Forums  

FDP Forum / The Chop Shop / Fingertips, Pt 1

greg1948
Contributing Member
*********

Vero Beach FL

Tbird Greg
Mar 26th, 2019 01:55 PM   Edit   Profile  

Been at the guitar for 50 some years now, playing lead/melody for 20 or so, and in this last year I've increased my practicing/playing to about 2 hours a day.

A few months ago, I noticed that the nail on my right index (picking) finger was getting worn down at a 30 deg angle left to right, starting to look a bit like a guillotine. I hold the pick between thumb and index finger as I always have. When I look at what's happening, I can see that the index finger brushes against the strings on a downstroke. I am not consciously aware of having changed anything in my technique, but now I'm wearing skin off the finger itself, starting under the nail going to the tip. It's callousing up, but still, after awhile, the tip gets sore.

I just got some silicone fingertip protectors but I just wonder if there's anyone else experiencing this and what they do about it.

Peegoo
Contributing Member
**********
**********
**********
****

Just beyond Mars

there's a world of fools
Mar 26th, 2019 03:23 PM   Edit   Profile  

This stuff happens.

You can avoid this by not choking up on the pick so much; have a bit more sticking out.

If you're using a small "jazz" pick, switch to something bigger.

You'll probably find out this changes your sound a bit, because the same thing happened to me and when I started using more 'pick stick-out', the tone got a bit sharper on my downstrokes.

It takes practice to get used to this, but it dos work.

gdw3

LA-la-land, CA

Insert clever comment here
Mar 26th, 2019 03:42 PM   Edit   Profile  

I do this too. I just power thru it. :)


greg1948
Contributing Member
*********

Vero Beach FL

Tbird Greg
Mar 27th, 2019 09:35 AM   Edit   Profile  

Peegoo, you hit the 'nail' on the head, as I think this wear pattern started with my using jazz picks. I have switched back to standard size, but now that the damage is done and the skin is rubbed raw by the strings, it still can get pretty sore. I'll wear the finger-condom till things heal up.

Peegoo
Contributing Member
**********
**********
**********
****

Just beyond Mars

there's a world of fools
Mar 27th, 2019 09:55 AM   Edit   Profile  

Another thing to do is to coat the sore area with CA/superglue. Place a drop on it and push it around a bit. Let it cure and hit it again. That works really well and allows the skin beneath to heal while you can still play.

The only drawback is the CA will loosen if your hands get wet for any length of time. CA is not toxic and totally safe. I've used it on blistered and cut fingertips and it works great.

greg1948
Contributing Member
*********

Vero Beach FL

Tbird Greg
Mar 31st, 2019 06:35 AM   Edit   Profile  

As usual, Mr Peegoo has great advice. The CA solution worked. Put some on the affected area several days ago, and it's still doing the job of keeping the strings from scraping the flesh from my finger.

I decided not to tempt fate anymore with those little jazz picks. They are great for speed and accuracy, but the difference is not great enough to deal with the unintended consequences.

Peegoo
Contributing Member
**********
**********
**********
****

Just beyond Mars

there's a world of fools
Mar 31st, 2019 06:42 AM   Edit   Profile  

Cool, brother Greg. Glad I could help you!

gdw3

LA-la-land, CA

Insert clever comment here
Apr 1st, 2019 02:29 PM   Edit   Profile  

*waits with bated breath for pt. 2

(This message was last edited by gdw3 at 04:29 PM, Apr 1st, 2019)

Peegoo
Contributing Member
**********
**********
**********
****

Just beyond Mars

there's a world of fools
Apr 1st, 2019 07:24 PM   Edit   Profile  

"How do I reattach a thumb? It sort of fell off when I was working on a table saw."

You mean something like that?

greg1948
Contributing Member
*********

Vero Beach FL

Tbird Greg
Apr 2nd, 2019 06:29 AM   Edit   Profile  

*waits with bated breath for pt. 2

....clap your hands, just a little bit louder....clap your hands just a little bit louder....

Solo harmonica with a key change....somebody in the band doesn't get it and says, "What key, what key?" (does anybody know what I'm talking about here?)

(This message was last edited by greg1948 at 11:23 AM, Apr 2nd, 2019)

Peegoo
Contributing Member
**********
**********
**********
****

Just beyond Mars

there's a world of fools
Apr 2nd, 2019 09:42 AM   Edit   Profile  

...hence the harp vest with 15 pockets and seven and a half harmonicas :oP

greg1948
Contributing Member
*********

Vero Beach FL

Tbird Greg
Apr 3rd, 2019 05:58 AM   Edit   Profile  

If you listen closely to Stevie Wonder's first hit, Fingertips Parts 1 & 2, you'll hear him soloing on his harp as the band lays back. At one point, he apparently switches keys and one of the band guys is heard asking what key!

FDP Forum / The Chop Shop / Fingertips, Pt 1




Reply to this Topic
Display my email address             Lost your password?
Your Message:
Link Address (URL):
Link Title:




Moderators: Chris Greene  Iron Man  reverendrob  

FDP, LLC Privacy Policy: Your real name, username, and email
are held in confidence and not disclosed to any third parties, sold, or
used for anything other than FDP Forum registration unless you specifically authorize disclosure.

Furtkamp.com 
Internet Application Development

Copyright © 1999-2019 Fender Discussion Page, LLC   All Rights Reserved