Even though guitar is suppose to be enjoyable, there are times
when you may feel some pain as you play. Discomfort is natural,
pain is bad. The first step is realizing the difference between
discomfort and pain.
If you are just learning to play the guitar, just about everything
you do will not feel comfortable. You are using different muscles,
and holding your hands in ways that you have not done before.
Pain is a different animal, and everyone has a different tolerance
for pain. If you have every played a sport, then you have learned
a very dangerous saying "NO PAIN, NO GAIN". Pain is the sign to
the body that something is wrong and that you should stop. The
saying should be "NO DISCOMFORT, NO GAIN". OK, so maybe it doesn't
get the testosterone pumping like the previous saying, but it
is more accurate. You are the only one that can judge the difference
between the two. Some people stop when they feel some discomfort,
some people try to "run off" a broken leg.
tips of my fingers hurt when I play…"
One of the first uncomfortable experiences for a
new guitar player is that the tips of your fingers will get sore.
Here are a few suggestions on how minimize that discomfort.
When first learning to play guitar it is important
to develop calluses on the entire surface of all 4 fingers. After
you are finished playing for the day, irritate the entire surface
of your fingers by pressing down on the strings with different
parts of your finger. It is that irritation that causes the development
Sometime when your are just playing normally you will develop
a callus on only one part of the tip of your finger. Therefore
when you are playing and do not hit the callused part of your
finger it is uncomfortable. Not to say that irritating the entire
surface of the tips of your fingers will not be uncomfortable
at first, but it will help you develop better calluses more quickly.
Doing this will also help make playing easier since pressing down
on a hard surface (the callus) takes less pressure that a soft
surface. Not pressing as hard my help prevent other pain and or
Next time we will take a look at some muscle discomfort.
am not a doctor, and therefore will only be giving tips and advice
on ways to minimize discomforts, and prevent injury. If you are
experiencing pain when you play on a regular basis, see a doctor
as soon as possible. It is best to go to a sports medicine, or
performance injury doctor. All advice, and suggestions are given
as is. Therefore I take no responsibility for any injury
and/or damage this advice my cause you. Always seek the advice
of a qualified medical professional.