I've been playing my mando for about a month and have really been enjoying it. I have a pretty constant problem with sore fingertips though, which really limits my practice time (presently, I can play for only about a half hour before I start to hurt pretty badly). Taking short breaks only worsens the soreness. I've built up callouses, but apparently not enough!
I was wondering if anyone had any suggestions that might help me overcome this problem. My playing consists of a mixture of old-time picking and chord progressions of more popular tunes. It is the chords that really burn me out, holding down the same strings for a measure or two. I'm working on learning closed chords, but for now I mostly use two or three finger chords which really stress especially my pointer and middle fingers.
I've lowered the action as far as possible, but I don't know what else to do! I just want to play!
Thanks for the tips!