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(@randyellefson)
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I've been playing 25 years and my fingers always hurt when I return to the steel string.

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(@jack-sullivan)
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Joined: 12 years ago
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Try changing your technique. See how little pressure you can apply and still get a good clean note out.


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(@kent_eh)
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Joined: 16 years ago
Posts: 1885
 

When you return to steel string??
are you normally playing a classical, then occasionally pick up a steel string?

I think you might have to build your callouses to different level (I.E. spend a few weeks playing steel string consistently).

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(@tmats)
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Joined: 11 years ago
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My answer to your question is, "No," it should not hurt to play after as much time as you've put in. The first guitar I owned hurt my fingers and nothing changed that; it just wasn't a good enough guitar with respect to action. Good enough action does not need to mean expensive. Anyway, think about going down to the music store and playing a few guitars--see if it makes a difference. Another thing you could do is have the luthier at your favorite store take a look at it.


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