How To Get Callauses On Your Fingers For Guitar

Submitted by Billy Saefong of

When we first learn how to play guitar, it can be pretty painful on your fingertips. Your fingers will be in a bit of pain because guitar strings are generally made from steel. Acoustic guitars have a bit more tension on the strings, which means it will take more pressure to hold down a note or a chord. Electric guitars have less tension on the strings, which is why some beginners may choose to start with that type of guitar. But regardless of what type of guitar you have, beginner guitar players will always feel a little bit of pain.

In the video above, Gary will give you some quick and easy tips on how to toughen up your fingers for playing guitar. Gary will go over how to use a capo in addition to tuning your guitar down to lessen the tension on the strings.

Other ways to make it less painful is to switch out the steel strings for acoustic strings. There are a number of great nylon-stringed acoustic guitars and these are a lot easier on the fingers. Nylon strings are not steel, so they’re naturally softer on your fingertips, and since they’re essentially plastic, they tend to stretch more, which makes them very easy to play.

There are a number of ways to toughen your fingers and build those calluses needed to play guitar. You can purchase lighter string gauges, or nylon strings, or even get covers for your fingers, or switch to an electric guitar where the tension is much lighter. Watch the video above for all the details.

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