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quick callous building techniques

Discussion in 'Theory and Technique' started by Doug Gifford, Dec 25, 2019.

  1. Doug Gifford

    Doug Gifford

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    When I'm in practice, my chops are pretty good, and they mostly don't fade very fast.

    Except my left-hand callouses. I have a half-guitar, half-piano gig on Friday and finger-ends like a baby's bottom. I'm trying to play an hour or so a day to get them back, but perhaps there are ways to accelerate the process?
     
  2. JBFairthorne

    JBFairthorne Gold Member

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    Personally I’ve found it to be a cyclical thing, never staying in the sweet spot for very long. My callouses tend to thicken until they actually need to be removed and then I start over with fresh skin.
     
  3. Wardo

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    I've found that the only way to build them is to play a lot.
     
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  4. player99

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    crazy glue?
     
  5. knight_yyz

    knight_yyz Gold Member

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    12 string. LOL
     
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  6. Dorian2

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    Bass guitar will do it as well. But just playing more does the trick. Externd your 1 hr to 2.
     
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  7. Doug Gifford

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    Am currently doing so while cooking Christmas dinner. Problem is the house is full of people and I have duties. I guess it will be as it will be. I won't be horrible, but I could be better. It's trio jam thing, so I can lean on the others. But they both insist I bring along the dobro as well as a snare and a piano. The dobro sound is, admittedly, unique.
     
  8. Doug Gifford

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    You ever tried it?
     
  9. KapnKrunch

    KapnKrunch Gold Member

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    I have gigantic callouses on my feet from working in safety boots, but I have never had callouses on my fingers. Instead, I seem to have evolved skin that is impervious to the strings, whether I play or not. Been playing since 1963 and still don't know what people are talking about with callouses.

    On the other hand (lol, the right hand) my index is noticeably flattened from holding a pick. How does that help you? I dunno...

    What can I say, DG, get out there and suck it up.
     
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  10. KapnKrunch

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    Sounds like a fun gig, wish I could be there. Multi-instrumentalists are a great asset.
     
  11. Doug Gifford

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    If only we could play them all at the same time…
     
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  12. Doug Gifford

    Doug Gifford

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    Done it before, can do it again. Part of the schtick is that we're actually jamming and don't rehearse and never know what's coming next. Peculiar, really.
     
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    sambonee Gold Member

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  14. player99

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    No, but I got some crazy glue on my thumb and it did not come off for a couple of days.
     
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  15. CathodeRay

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    Sanding my finger callous occasionally with one of these keeps em from peeling & in the zone.
    My wife gets them downtown somewhere for her nails, but you can get them on ebay etc.
    Start with #3 - that's something like 220 grit, and then #4 or #5.
     
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