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Barry Donovan
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Hey guys,
I'm wishing to learn to play an acoustic guitar, never attempted until yesterday, my fingers feel like they are bleeding!
I no they will toughen up but will hard fingers effect my card magic do you think? or will it be fine?
cheers
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I don't have a problem, however; most of my card handling comes with my strong (right) hand.

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I have no problems with the guitar callouses and card magic.

It may be a coincidence, but I have developed arthritis in my right (pick) hand but my left hand is fine. I don't know if guitar playing has anything to do with this. (On the other hand, I have recurring tendonitis in my left wrist and I'm pretty sure that the guitar contributes to it.)

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No problems here. Remember though, no sliding down unwounds until you've toughened up your skin a little.
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The strange thing about guitar calluses is that after they heal, you wouldn't even know the difference when doing magic. I fingerpick occasionally (jazz guitar) and have calluses on both hands with no negative effects on my magic. If anything it helps me... with flexibility and such.
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On 2010-04-18 09:55, Magnus Eisengrim wrote:
I have no problems with the guitar callouses and card magic.

It may be a coincidence, but I have developed arthritis in my right (pick) hand but my left hand is fine. I don't know if guitar playing has anything to do with this. (On the other hand, I have recurring tendonitis in my left wrist and I'm pretty sure that the guitar contributes to it.)

Have fun.


I don't know about the arthritis but playing can definitely cause tendonitis in the hands. Some people will say to check your hand position, however; I've had just as much problem with correct hand position.

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On 2010-04-18 09:55, Magnus Eisengrim wrote:
I have no problems with the guitar callouses and card magic.

It may be a coincidence, but I have developed arthritis in my right (pick) hand but my left hand is fine. I don't know if guitar playing has anything to do with this. (On the other hand, I have recurring tendonitis in my left wrist and I'm pretty sure that the guitar contributes to it.)

Have fun.


I don't know about the arthritis but playing can definitely cause tendonitis in the hands. Some people will say to check your hand position, however; I've had just as much problem with correct hand position.

Peace and Godspeed.


Improving my hand position has eased the problem but it hasn't elimintated it, I'm afraid.

John
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Yeah it eases the pain, but it still produces some tendonitis, at least in me and some others.

I had a professor who told me that the correct position is painful because it is from an un-natural bend between the wrist and the elbow, especially when reaching the lower tones on the 5th and 6th strings. If you play sitting down, elevating your off side leg will put you in a more natural position and reduce the stress on the wrist allowing for more flexibility because it raises the neck. If you play standing up then the same can be accomplished by lowering the body and raising the neck or bringing the entire guitar up. Long story short... if your hand position is correct and the pain is still intense try adjusting your body or the guitar and sometimes adjusting one means you adjust the other.

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Apparently you can get a rounded pad of some kind that sits on your thigh puts the guitar in the same position you'd get if you used a foot stool.
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Yeah, personally, I don't like em, the feel is not right.

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I found it affected my touch with the piano.

ironically I played so much super mario bros.wii
that my thumb had a callous and it didn't affect
my touch.

so I don't know, it depends on how you work with it.
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Don't practice guitar after your fingers hurt!

Take a break, put some lotion on your fingers, and then come back to the guitar later.

Don't worry. The callouses from playing guitar will not adversely affect your magic in any way.

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I wonder about Jimmy Page's wrist....
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I've been playing for 20 years. Never had a problem and my finger tips are like steel! LOL Well.. Maybe not steel. Smile But they are very calloused.
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