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Finger damage question: Advice Please!!

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Tim888
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Hi there,

have been playing for over 20 years,

but I have been playing more than ever in the last 6-12 months, about 1-4 hours a day, and I want to increase this amount.

Over this time my index finger on my strumming hand has been taking damage - the fingernail is growing lopsided.

It's not too bad at the moment, but it hurts to play for any period of time and now I feel it's starting to really hinder my playing.

My question is this:

Should I stop altogether and wait a while (maybe 2-4 weeks) for the nail to heal?

I am also considering reducing the string gauge (currently 52-11)

Its just sooo hard not to play at the moment, its all I wanna do - but I dont want to damage and continue to damge my finger :(

Please Advise!!


   
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Gotdablues
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Are you fingerstyle or pickstyle?


   
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Tim888
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Are you fingerstyle or pickstyle?

I love and employ both!

but I mainly use pickstyle


   
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Gotdablues
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You say your finger is "taking Damage", so if it's something you are doing to cause damage during playing then, yes, you need to stop, take a step back and figure out what's going wrong. We can't have finger damage around here :(

Pat


   
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steves6
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How bout one of them fake glue on finger nails? Trim it to whatever lenght Ya want...


   
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Anonymous
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find a pick that you won't hit your finger on the string when you strum, or change how you strum.


   
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Guitaringenuity
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This is actually the first time I'm hearing this. Wow, damage to the nail. I'm just based on what you described, I'd definitely take a break and have somebody (orthopedist?) looking at that. And of course, you should try to figure out the root cause, because your fingers should not get "damaged" in such way.

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