How to Use an Emery Board on Guitar Calluses

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An emery board can be a great accessory to have, especially if you get guitar calluses. Find out how to use an emery board on guitar calluses with help from an award-winning, critically-acclaimed musician in this free video clip.

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Hello there, my name is Jessica Delfino. I'm a musician in New York City and I also teach people how to play guitar and ukelele. You can find out more information about that at, that's Today, we're going to talk about how to remove calluses from your hands using an emery board. Now when you play guitar a lot, you will develop some calluses sometimes on your fingertips and this is because you are pushing on these strings that are made of steel or sometimes nylon and it's a little hard on your fingertips. I'm not sure if you can really see but on the very tips of my fingers, they're a little bit rough. Now I'm a lady so I exfoliate a lot and I put lotion on my hands a lot and it doesn't really matter I guess what your gender is, lotion helps your skin no matter what but it definitely helps to keep my fingers pretty soft and my calluses are pretty light I would describe them as. Now if you're playing guitar all the time your calluses might get a little bit thicker. So what some people do is they have an emery board and they can just sort of buff that area with an emery board. So it's very easy, you just take your finger, take the emery board in your other hand and just give it a little back and forth and you can touch it and see if it's smooth and if it feels smooth, you move onto the next one. When you're done doing this I would recommend putting lotion on your hands and then this is really silly but at night before you go to sleep you can actually put lotion on your hands and then you put soft cotton, clean cotton socks on your hands and you sleep like that. So in the middle of the night you're probably going to wake up and be like why do I have these socks on my hands and you might rip them off and throw them on the ground or whatever but that's fine because you've already probably been sleeping for a while and they've had a chance to soak in. So it's really convenient and handy to always carry an emery board in your guitar case or have them in the area that you practice and you can also use them when you're cutting your fingernails to play guitar which I really strong recommend if you are playing guitar on your fretting hand, whichever hand that is, you keep your fingernails nice and short. So have a great time playing and using your emery board to keep your calluses down. Lots of luck to you. Thanks for watching.


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