Remedies for Sore Fingers From Guitars

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There are a wide variety of different remedies you can try to get rid of those sore fingers from playing the guitar. Learn about remedies for sore fingers from guitars 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, and I also teach guitar and ukulele, when I'm not busy rocking. You can find more information about that, that's Y, O, U, R, O, C, K, N, Y, Today, we're going to talk about how to make your fingers sort of, not feel so sore from playing guitar. Because when you play guitar, sometimes your fingers and your wrists and stuff will get a little tense and sore. So, there's a few things that you can do. For starters, if you're doing something and it hurts your fingers, that's usually a sign, you should stop. I know that sounds really basic, but some people just want to play through the pain, I don't think that's a good idea. So, say, I'm making a chord, and you feel a pinching, feeling or pressure in your fingertips. You could be pushing on a nerve or something like that. You don't want to to long term damage, because if you're like me, you're probably planning on spending your whole life rocking. And you can't be rocking, if your fingers are all like, you know, in pain all the time. So, what I really recommend doing, is trying to make chords in different ways, and seeing which ones hurt and which ones work. Sometimes you'll find that you'll have a lot of strength in one finger and maybe not so much in another. For example, your pinky finger, you may not have as much strength in it. But it's actually a really handy finger. So, those are some exercises that you can do to actually kind of, strengthen your fingers. This is one that people like, it basically goes, pointer, middle, ring, pinky, up each string and then, you go backwards. And that will help not only strengthen your left hand, your fretting hand, if you play it with your right hand. But it will also help your right hand learn where your strings are. Which is a really handy thing to know, if you're going to be rocking. Which, I have a feeling, you are. Another thing you can do is, you can use a lotion such as Aspercreme or Vaseline Intensive Care, or something like that. You can put it on your fingertips and then, before you go to bed at night. You rub the lotion on and you can put socks, or clean cotton gloves over your hands. And then, you sleep and when you wake up, your hands are really nice and soft, smoothes out some of those calluses. And also, soothes and relaxes your hands and fingertips. So, lots of luck to you, have fun playing and thank you for watching.


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