How to Get Callused Fingertips for Guitar

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If you play the guitar all the time you will eventually get calluses. Find out how to get callused fingertips for guitar playing with help from an award-winning, critically-acclaimed musician in this free video clip.

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Hi, my name's Jessica Delfino, i'm an entertainer and musician in New York City. I also teach guitar and ukulele. You can find out more information about that, that's Y, O, U, R, O, C, K, N, Y, today, we're going to talk about how to get calluses. So, if you play your guitar all the time, I promise, you will get calluses. The reason why is, because the steel strings and the nice, soft, smushy parts of your fingers don't really go together that well. So, when you're making your chords constantly, your right hand isn't going to develop any calluses. Because you're strumming often with your fingertips or with a pick. But your left hand, or whatever your fretting hand is, is the one that's going to get the most calluses. So, as you can see, on my fingertips, they're not incredibly callused, they have a little bit of light callusing. But basically, I've been playing for a long time, and i keep my fingers pretty moisturized. So, they're not really that, that callused. However, they're definitely comfortable enough that I can make chords, and they don't hurt anymore. Which is the idea behind getting calluses. So, the way that you do that, is to go through all your chords. You've got your a, you've got your B, you've got your C, your D, your E, your F and your G. So, that's a really good way to just start off practicing. If, maybe you're not comfortable moving your fingers all over the fret board yet, just go through your chords, A, B, C, D, E, F, G. And if you're feeling crazy, turn around and do it backwards, G, F, E, oops, E, D, C, B, A. And I promise you, if you're playing, and playing and playing and playing, and playing and playing and playing. You eventually will develop calluses. One of my favorite expressions that I heard, is a good guitar player is the sign of a wayward youth. So, have fun out there, don't be too wayward, practice a lot, lots of luck to you, thanks for watching.


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