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Blood Blisters

Postby lightninboy » Fri Jul 28, 2006 11:02 am

Played wednesday night with a new guy, had a gig last night, and today after rehearsal I noticed 2 big blood blisters on my right hand fingers.
My callouses have gone from spending too much time in hospital.
I've got a blue's festival gig saturday night, plus my regular 4 hour sunday gig, and I'm going to have to wear metal fingers picks!
(Or risk bleeding all over my National!)
I've never liked them for various reasons, so I've only ever used them a couple of times.
I just spent a couple of hours using them, and had to tape them to my fingers cause they kept flying off!
I got used to them easy enough, but I'm a little nervous about getting down with fast pickin' tommorrow night.
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Postby stumblin » Fri Jul 28, 2006 12:36 pm

I hear you, I've managed to get my fingers shredded the day before a big gig on a couple of occasions.
Best not to worry too much about it, the pain will probably fade away once you start getting into the moment.
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Postby lightninboy » Fri Jul 28, 2006 2:50 pm

Thanks Stumblin,
yeah, sore fingers aren't much fun are they.
But its not the pain I'm concerned about.
When the blister breaks, the skin of your fingers gets caught on the strings, sometimes halfway through a song.
Thats why I'm going to use fingerpicks.
Its gonna be a trip, as I've never used them before.
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Postby 1dustyeod » Fri Jul 28, 2006 5:27 pm

You can coat the ends of your fingers with Super Glue to help that situation.... Its come in handy for me a couple times and I always keep a little tube handy in my gig bag.

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Postby dcblues » Fri Jul 28, 2006 6:21 pm

"The Blood Blisters" sounds like a good name for a band.
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Postby lightninboy » Fri Jul 28, 2006 6:52 pm

Thanks Tommy,
I'll give it a try.
I don't think it will work on my picking fingers though.

I used super glue a lot when I was playing electric stuff, a couple o years ago. The gap filling one.
I'd have 4, 5 or 6 shows a week, and I'd be practising for 4 to 6 hours during the day, plus giving lessons.
I needed it on my left hand fingers.
I used to cut them up, right through where the finger print was in line with the string, on my index finger.
Some nights, there would be blood running all down my arm.
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Postby 1dustyeod » Fri Jul 28, 2006 11:36 pm

Been there..... Done that...... Didn't get the T shirt.

Makes a guitar look funny with those little splashes of blood on the pickguard..... but it also somewhat intimidates lesser versed compatriots.

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Postby stratman_27 » Sat Jul 29, 2006 9:59 am

Two thumbs up on the super glue. Been there and used that. Seen countless other players do the same. Keep it in your guitar case.
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Postby lightninboy » Sat Jul 29, 2006 3:42 pm

Just got home from the sat night gig. I used the finger picks for a few songs, but it felt crazy, and sounded too tinny.
Ripped em off, and used my fingers. OOOW!
Those blister's are way big now.
I didn't play too good either. Every body said I did, but I know I can do way better.
Sore fingers really slows ya down. Plus I'm way out of practise.
I'm really pissed off.
I have to play a 4 hour gig tomorrow, in a few hours.
My confidence is at an all time low.
I promise myself NEVER to lose my callouses EVER again :)
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Postby ricochet » Sat Jul 29, 2006 8:34 pm

Practice with those fingerpicks. Eventually you'll get used to 'em and like 'em.

With my now-numb right index finger, I'm glad I've learned to use fingerpicks! Doesn't really make much difference that it's numb.
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Postby lightninboy » Sun Jul 30, 2006 9:27 am

ricochet wrote:Practice with those fingerpicks. Eventually you'll get used to 'em and like 'em.

With my now-numb right index finger, I'm glad I've learned to use fingerpicks! Doesn't really make much difference that it's numb.
:D


Naw, I've been using my bare fingers for 36 years, and I like the tone, and dynamic range.
I can use 'em (fingerpicks), quite easily actually, just didn't like them.
If I ever take up the banjo, I'll be sure to use a full set! :lol:


I've just finished a 4 hour sunday gig, and my fingers look like they have blueberries on the ends!
I also smashed a mic into my mouth, and cut mah lip!
I need danger money!
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Postby ricochet » Sun Jul 30, 2006 3:41 pm

You can get back the dynamic range with fingerpicks with practice. They're going to sound brighter (and louder), though.
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Postby stratman_27 » Sun Jul 30, 2006 5:24 pm

I agree with the hating to use fingerpicks I don't play much acoustic fingerstyle but as far as slide playing on electric I either use a hybrid style (flatpick and fingers) or straight fingers. I like the tone and dynamics of skin on steel as opposed to fingerpicks. I despise thumbpicks because I've never found any I like. The plastic National thumbpicks are as close to one I like as any but I still can't play with them very well.
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Postby ricochet » Sun Jul 30, 2006 5:51 pm

Have you tried the Fred Kelly Speed Pick?
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Postby lightninboy » Sun Jul 30, 2006 5:56 pm

ricochet wrote:You can get back the dynamic range with fingerpicks with practice. They're going to sound brighter (and louder), though.


I bet your right, and they certainly are loud.

But, I use my picking fingers for damping strings, and the technique I've adopted has taken years to perfect.
I also use my nails to strum downwards, incorporated with picking upwards, and the picks again get in the way for this.

As for tone, I prefer the tone I can get from a calloused finger.
I can vary it a lot, and I can snap the strings, or just tickle em.
Lots of other reasons too, I just don't like fingerpicks.

They remind me of Patsy Bisco, an australian folk singer from the 60's, who sang chidrens song's. :lol:

I like to hear people use them.
Old Bob the Brozman sounds pretty good doin' his Hawiian Hula stuff with 'em :P

Dont let me put you off, they're just not for me.
I'm thankfull for having them this last week, as they've helped me get through some painfull gigs.
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