Posted by Don Hosek on May 27, 2000 at 23:57:09:
In Reply to: Re: Blisters!! What should I do. posted by olivier on May 12, 2000 at 03:01:38:
: : : I'm a new upright player, been playing for about 2 months and I find myself getting these really bad blister on my fingers (filled with both water and blood). I would like to know how do you get rid of them properly and is there any way to provent them. Thanks
: : Whatever you do, don't pop them! The juice inside helps them heal. Keep
: : playing, they'll eventually be callouses. If you can stand the pain, don't wait
: : for the blister to heal before playing again. I think it speeds up the
: : callousing process. After they've healed you can apply some tincture of
: : benzoin, that helps toughen and protect the skin.
: Stop playing before you get blisters! Easy does it: soon enough you'll get callouses.
: If you're in a boot camp mood, you keep playing, but you won't learn music that way as your mind is distracted by the pain.
: Come on buddy, two month is young, be patient, let your fingers heal and resume practicing.
I'd have to second the slow down strategy, especially if it's left hand blisters. If it's right hand pizzicatto blisters, one thing that you can do is tape the relevant fingers. When I was in grade school and playing, my parents got some sort of little rubber thimble-like thing for me to protect my right index finger. It protected the finger, but also lessened my dexterity. Masking tape was another strategy I used then. Nowadays, if practice begins to lead to blisters, I back off on playing to give my fingers a chance to heal.
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