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Posted by Brad Maestas on October 10, 2002 at 19:32:43:
In Reply to: Re: Right hand fingers posted by jimbo on February 12, 2002 at 21:18:59:
: : I admit that I don't practice enough on the upright,
: : but I play at the very least three times a week for 45 minutes
: : to an hour and from time to time, I get a blister on my middle
: : finger of my right hand. This of course total cuts down on my
: : amount of practice and I can't stand not playing! Is there
: : anything, besides practicing more often, that I can do to toughen
: : my skin or am I just going to always have these beasts?
: I use super glue. I have also heard of guys using a product call new skin, and of course there is the trusty old Johnson's and Johnson's tape.
:Ah it never gets any easier, does it? I spend years building up a callous only to have it fall off after an all-out performance. The trick is to work your way up to it. I know you might not have the time now but eventually.......
You will inevitably find your niche where you can just keep building up your callous and not get blisters. Part of it is possibly your technique. Just because you have low action doesn't mean you're a wuss. Lower it and play lightly enough to get volume and a good workout but not so much that you lose skin. It's just that balance thing again. Just enough to build the callous not hard enough to let them go to waste. Good luck.
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