How To Play Guitar With Less Painful and Exhausting Hands.

How To Play Guitar With Less Painful and Exhausting Hands.

Pain, Injuries, blister and Sore hand while learning guitar. Do these sound familiar to you? 😫😭🤕

Sore fingers and wrists tendonitis
Sore fingers and wrists tendonitis

I can still recall that when I first started learning and practicing my guitar lessons, my hands were so painful and exhausting. The pain suffered not only on my finger tips of my fretting hand, but also on my wrist and arm. For me learning guitar isn’t that hard, the only biggest challenge is the sore fingers, muscle tightness and pain resulting from continuous and excessive fretting and depressing the strings over long period of time. I think this is the main reason that discouraging beginners, and eventually gave up after a few lessons or not even complete the first lesson. 😰

Furthermore, if you’re a newbie in learning a musical instrument, you’ll feel mentally exhausting when you really paying full concentration and attention on it. Your brain not only have to fully concentrate and follow closely on every single musical notes and progression, but also have to control your movement according to the instant changing of notes and melody in a very fast pace, depending on the tempo set. This kind of torment may also preventing some beginners to have longer practicing period. 🎼🎵😵🎶🎸😴

Pain and sore fingers are common process that many of the guitarist have to go through and overcome. In order to overcoming the pain, they tried all sorts of methods just to make their fingertips immune or relief to the pain. Some people coating their fingertips with superglue, roughing them up with all sort of tools, dipping them into a hot frying pan and more just to thicken the skin on the fingertips before they really build up calluses.

So what a calluse is? And what is the benefit of having it? 🤔🤔

Calluse is a thick skin built on your body’s skin especially on palms and feet due to the result of excessive rubbing on a same spot over long period of time. It will reduce your sensitivity of feel when the skin on your fingertips are thick enough and hence reduce the pain while fretting.

Calluses built up on fingertips.
Calluses built up on fingertips.

I myself tried coating with superglue on my fingertips before as a beginner and to tell you the truth, this doesn’t help much and it gives you a weird feeling. So if you’re like me doing one or more of these so called “trick”, I’d advise you to stop now. Stop abusing your hands before it becomes a serious problem and injure.

The most effective way to build up calluses is through traditional practice. This way you’ll not only building up calluses but at the same time brushing up your skills. It is relatively important to have both building up simultaneously. Here are several ways to reduce pain and avoid muscle injury during practicing and helping you build up calluses slowly.

  1. Always warm up your palms and wrists by doing some stretching exercises before every practice. Then start with some warm up fretting exercises.
  2. Fine tune your guitar’s neck so that the gap between the guitar string and frets is not too large. This can be done by professional guitar shop.
  3. Use Light-Gauge strings so that the force use to depress the string is less.
  4. Applying appropriate depressing force. Too hard will reduce your fingers speed, more painful fingertips and get tire faster. Too light force will produce poor quality tone or out of tone.
  5. Fix a short practicing time per day. Do not over practice and strectch your fingers. It doesn’t help to improve much when you’re too exhausted, and there is possibility to have your palm hurt and developed muscles tighness and wrist tendonitis.

The best practice to relief muscles tightness after a long practice is to carry out some exercises, I’m referring to whole body exercises. Exercise will help to increase our stamina and relax our mind. Although there are devices that use specifically to exercise our palm but I think by just purely exercise one part of our body doesn’t help much to increase our strength.

Last but not least, I’d like to share one more trick which I find it very useful to relief sore hands, the ” Cool Down Exercise “. After every practice, it is a good habit to do some mild stretching and massage on every fingers, palms and wrists. A proper cool-down exercise will help to relax your muscles, releasing the tension after heavy fretting and hence reduce pain. And if you could maintain this habit you’ll feel that the pains are getting lesser each time you carry out your practice and calluses are slowly built up at the same time.

Wrist stretching.
Wrist stretching.


Fingers stretching.
Fingers stretching.


Hand massage.
Hand massage.

So, calluses are good stuff to prevent sore fingers while fretting your guitar. But on the other hand, calluses may be an annoying stuff to some people especially for girl. As they do not look and feel good when something rough on your fingers and at the beginning you may tend to peel them off. Please try not to do that as this act may bleed your finger while peeling off the rough skins. If the roughness really disturbing, here I recommend a good piece of stuff to reduce them, a small FILE or an Emery Board.

Use an Emery Board to gently file on the calluses when the surfaces are too rough. This way will smooth out the surface of the calluses while still maintaining them.

So these are my experiences to overcome sore and exhausting hands. If you have any queries, I’d be more than happy to reply to you. Or if you’d like to share some of your comments and exciting experiences, you’re welcome to leave a word at the comment column.

Free Metronome Apps – A Critical Device To Help You During Practice

What A Metronome Is?

” A metronome is a device that produces an audible beat—a click or other sound—at regular intervals that the user can set in beats per minute (BPM). Musicians use the device to practice playing to a regular pulse. Metronomes typically include synchronized visual motion (e.g., swinging pendulum or blinking lights). ”  (Cite: Wikipedia)

When you are playing a song, it is very important that your rhythm is consistently and accurately hit at the exact timing or beat. Especially when you are jamming in a band. But this doesn’t mean you have to play a particular song in it original pace.

As a beginner or when practicing a new song, you can always start playing it at your own pace. For instance, if a song originally played at a tempo of 120 BPM, before you can play at this tempo, you may start practicing at a lower tempo, let’s say 50 BPM or even lower. Once you’re comfortable with this tempo and able to follow every single beats, then you may slightly increase to 60 BPM and keep on practice, until you’re able to catch up with its original tempo.

Here is one of my favorite metronome’s app that I use it quite often. It’s FREE!

Mobile Metronome

List of features:

– Fine tempo tuning from 10 to 230 BPM
– Tap tempo
– Load and save presets
– Adjustable tempo signature for simple, compound and complex meters.
– From 2 to 20 beats per measure
– Beat subdivision as quarter, eighth, triplet, sixteenth, quintuplet and sextuplet notes

– Beat emphasis
– 4 soundpacks
– Adjustable volume

– Visual beat counter
– Italian tempo markings
– Automatically turns off when there´s an incoming call
– Runs in background
– Settings are saved automatically on exit

Or sometimes I would prefer something that’s simple and nice.

Simple Metronome


  • Stable tempo
  • 1st beat accent
  • Store “Favorites” for quick tempo recall (great for setting tempos for live performances)
  • Visual click for silent operation

If you have any querries or would like to share your review, please leave your comments here. I’d be more than happy to answer or listen to. Thanks!

Best Free Guitar Tuner App – Download gStrings For Android And iPhone

Download gStrings For Android and iPhone

In case you are not ready to get an electronic guitar tuner or for whatever reasons. You could try download and install a Free app to your smartphone or tablet.

Before I get my first electronic guitar tuner, I myself had tried a few guitar tuner apps. Some are pretty cool and accurate but some really suck.

One of the best guitar tuner app I had ever tried is gStrings, and I’m still using it when my electronic guitar tuner is not with me or when its battery is dead. gStrings is a chromatic tuner using sound-detection method with your smartphone. It’s one of the highest ranking guitar tuner app in Google Search. The app itself also having a rating of over 4.5 out of 5 Stars, and it is verified as one of the safe to download app.

Features include:-

  • Multiple built-in instruments and tunings.
  • Support for user-defined custom tunings.
  • A long list of built-in temperaments (just, pythagorean, meantone, comma, etc.).
  • Support for user-defined custom temperaments.
  • Orchestra tuning (shifting/redefining tone frequencies).
  • Pitch pipe.

Although there are some negative feedbacks, but I think the problem may not be the app itself. I noticed that some smartphones are not working well or totally not working at all, after I had installed and tested on my two different smartphones. One is working fine with almost accurate at all time (in a quiet room or area) compared to my electronic guitar tuner. The other one although seems like no problem in operating, but the accuracy is totally out during tuning.

So, my conclusion is better get a certified guitar tuner if you’re going for a jamming or going for a solo performance, else smartphone app is an alternative or temporary choice for your home use.


Clip-On Guitar Tuner Review – The Fastest And Easiest Way To Fine Tune Your Guitar.

The fastest and easiest way to fine tune your guitar is to use an electronic guitar tuner. Of cause you may use a downloaded app in your smart phone to do that, but it may not work well in a public or noisy area. Further more some apps have not been verified on its accuracy, we can’t judge whether is correct or not. The size of a smart phone is still much more bigger than an electronic tuner, it is not easy to put as close as to your guitar during tuning.

A portable clip-on tuner is more likely to be more convenient and accurate as they are factory calibrated, closer to your guitar as it will be clipped on the headstock, easy to view indicator which is good during tuning.

Price is always a final concern when come to a buying stage. Here I have done a review on two lowest price brands which can be bought at amazon. Both are fine for home and personal use and price are pretty close to each other.

Mugig T-1 versus Getaria AT-101

Getaria AT-101 seems to have a pretty good five stars review from their users than Mugig T-1, but I found that its specification is uncleared as compared to Mugig. First, it doesn’t state the detection mode it has, either by sound, by vibration or both, and not sure whether got Auto-Power-Off function.

Since both are just different by a few dime, so is up to the buyer to decide.