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I am hoping it is normal to start to have some tenderness in your fingertips when you are playing more each day. My left index finger is the worst. It seems I am starting to form calluses. Is that typical or there something I should do differently?

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It is quite normal to  feel tenderness when you  start to  use  parts of your body in a different way.  Finger tips will toughen up with  constant use.  Sounds like nothing to worry about, just practice  more moderately  for a while, not pushing yourself beyond the pain barrier.

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Calluses are normal for fretted-string players, so I've never had a problem with concertinas! B)

(I started playing the mandolin  when I was about 6 years old, the banjo when I was 10, and only learnt the concertina later on.)

 

Cheers,

John

 

 

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I don't play every day, but I do play often enough.  My fingertips still get a little tender if I've been playing for an hour or two.  Not unbearably tender, but I do notice them.

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Yeah this is not a big thing just slight discomfort after about an hour

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I recently picked up the guitar again after a long absence, and I've found that the inevitable development of hard skin on the finger tips costs me some sensitivty when playing the concertina.  Can others play strings and buttons interchangably? I'm wondering if I have to choose.  (OK - I'd choose concertina.)

 

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2 hours ago, Mike in Oban said:

I recently picked up the guitar again after a long absence, and I've found that the inevitable development of hard skin on the finger tips costs me some sensitivty when playing the concertina.  Can others play strings and buttons interchangably? I'm wondering if I have to choose.  (OK - I'd choose concertina.)

 

 

I play both. Don't worry about the callous on the fingertips, it's not going to affect your concertina playing. The only incompatibility I found is that you do not want to play a concertina with guitarist's picking hand finger nails (a costly french polishing job will be the price).

 

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It may be that as a new player you are pressing the buttons too hard.  Remember that you only need to push a button hard enough to lift the valve.  Loudness comes from how hard you push or pull the bellows.  Practise tapping the button: tap and release, at least for the shorter notes.  I started from never having played ad practised for sometimes an hour a day and I have never had tenderness or callouses on my finger tips.

 

The more relaxed you are, and the lighter your touch, the better your playing will be.  You can add loudness later.

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I use Gorilla Tip's from Amazon if I have tender fingers but not all the time.

Ron

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