Tech Tip:My Fingers Are Killing Me!
The following tips for aspiring guitarists are courtesy of John McCarthy of The Rock House Method, publisher of video lessons for musicians at every skill level.
Pam Van Helding; Springfield, MA
Q: My fingers are killing me and I am ready to quit! I got my guitar 10 days ago and have been practicing for about an hour a day but the pain is getting bad and I don’t know if I can continue. Any advice would be appreciated.
A: BE PATIENT...you are in the critical first two-week period that is the hardest to get through. But here is the good news: when you get to the stage where they really hurt, you are about to develop calluses on your fingertips, which will help lessen the pain.
An hour-long daily practice is a great amount of time to devote in your first playing stage. I promise you that very soon the pain will go away.
Hope this helps!
Yours in Music,