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Stephanie Reiser
Jan-25-2008, 8:03pm
This is after an hour and a half of playing.
(I finally bought a new Nikon and am learning how to use it.)

mandopete
Jan-25-2008, 8:14pm
That looks like either abuse or fun (or both).

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Stephanie Reiser
Jan-25-2008, 8:35pm
Wow !!! That looks like it hurts. I can play for hours and hours and not have that! # Hows the action and setup on your mandolin? #Are you having to press that hard or am I just lucky and have a great setup on mine.
This particular mando has an action a tad higher than my old one, and I have it that way for bluegrass. Also, I have medium sized frets in it and maybe that contributes to it. Doesn't hurt at all.
I should edit here that now that its been a couple of hours since I stopped playing my fingers don't look quite like that. It is only right afterward that I experience this.

swampy
Jan-25-2008, 8:39pm
My fingers never look like that when I practice around the house, but after a jam or a gig...oh yeah!!!

woodwizard
Jan-25-2008, 9:19pm
OK .. what the heck. Here's mine after about an hour. http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif

Andrew DeMarco
Jan-25-2008, 9:31pm
Here's an opportunity for me to ask a good question. I would post a picture but it's a little gross. I have a split on the tip of my left ring finger.... it's about half an inch wide and just got bloodied up (not to mention incredibly painful) earlier. I don't want to get blood on the fretboard, and bandaids keep coming off.

This thing's been plaguing me for almost a week, and with my new Collings it's not likely to heal. Any advice? I've heard of harpists using superglue? Does that go for guitarists etc?

Thanks

woodwizard
Jan-25-2008, 9:58pm
Doctors sometimes use a medical version of superglue at times instead of stitches and I have used the real thing superglue on pretty good cuts that I got accidently while wood carving. But you usually need a day or so for it to get strong. Triple antibiotic and 24 hrs will take away that real sore pain. I couldn't imagion trying to pick if your cut is on the tip of your finger. I would let it heal a little Bro'

I just remembered another little trick. If you can somehow get it glued together (no gap) Try putting fingernail polish over it. Serveral coats letting each coat dry before the next. Clear is the best. It might build up a little protection for you. They have that liquid bandaid. It's almost the same thing. Good luck

mitchelwb
Jan-25-2008, 9:58pm
Glad to know that my fingers don't look all that odd. I bought my mando on Dec 28 and now, nearly a whole month later, I'm proud to announce that I've noticed within the last few days, that my fingers no longer hurt! Woo hoo!

billkilpatrick
Jan-26-2008, 10:42am
This is after an hour and a half of playing.
(I finally bought a new Nikon and am learning how to use it.)
heavy with callous ... but i feel your pain.

Gutbucket
Jan-26-2008, 12:53pm
Here's my fingers after a scorchin jam. I think we were playing jungle music at the time. Gosh, I'm hungry for a nana.

billhay4
Jan-26-2008, 12:58pm
ya'll shouldn't be giving people the finger.

JEStanek
Jan-26-2008, 1:00pm
Gutbucket, I bet you use Gorilla Snot for your picks too! http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif

Wow, you guys really play hard and alot. My callouses are to small to warrant posting. I have callous envy?

Linguist, before you go squirting chemicals into your body, read this. (http://www.fensende.com/Users/swnymph/refs/glue.html) Or just take a few days off so it can close on its own.

Jamie

billhay4
Jan-26-2008, 1:01pm
ya'll shouldn't be giving people the finger.

Doug Edwards
Jan-26-2008, 1:03pm
Just got back from a 45 minute set at the nursing home. I can play guitar all day and not tear up any finger. The mandolin really chews them up.

Andrew Lewis
Jan-26-2008, 2:25pm
And you'd think they'd be less likely to get "chewed up" at a nursing home!

Doug Edwards
Jan-26-2008, 2:48pm
That's funny Andrew. We're playing at the Venus Prison in the morning. We decided it would be best if we did not wear orange jumpsuits for that. http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif

Andrew Lewis
Jan-26-2008, 3:55pm
Yes. You certainly wouldn't get mixed in with the Gen Pop!

Sorry I haven't made it out to Third Friday in awhile, Doug. Been busy lately, but it's still very much on my radar.

Joe F
Jan-27-2008, 10:13pm
2-1/2 hours of jamming this morning, followed by 3 hours of band practice, produces some fairly deep parallel grooves in the calluses.

dave19er
Feb-07-2008, 6:43am
Here's an opportunity for me to ask a good question. I would post a picture but it's a little gross. I have a split on the tip of my left ring finger.... it's about half an inch wide and just got bloodied up (not to mention incredibly painful) earlier. I don't want to get blood on the fretboard, and bandaids keep coming off.

This thing's been plaguing me for almost a week, and with my new Collings it's not likely to heal. Any advice? I've heard of harpists using superglue? Does that go for guitarists etc?

Thanks
I get the problem with the fingertips cracking all the time (particularly in the winter here in Colorado). The single best thing i've found is a product called New Skin, which can be find in the Band-Aid section of just about any drug/grocery store or Target. It's advertised as a liquid bandage and it works great. It takes a few minutes to put on a coat, let it dry, put on another coat, etc - if it's my left hand, I'll normally put on four or five coats, and then I'm good to go. A bottle of the stuff always travels with me in the bag where I keep my picks, extra strings, tuners, etc. - it's a necessity, just like those other things. One warning, though - the stuff stinks - it smells, strongly, like cloves. and I hate the smell of cloves. But the stuff works, so I put up with it. My dad and brother, both of whom are gigging guitar/bass players, also swear by the stuff.

AlanN
Feb-07-2008, 8:28am
Stephanie, I'd like to wash behind your ears...just kidding http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/laugh.gif

Bertram Henze
Feb-07-2008, 1:34pm
I have no camera ready just now, but the result would be a near copy of Stefanie's. After four hours of session with the OM it looks even worse. But that is just the look - white from peeling-off callous, black from string corrosion - hardly any pain. But less dented, I guess my callous is thicker.

This seems to be the "distressed mandolinist" thread... http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/laugh.gif

Bertram

Stephanie Reiser
Feb-08-2008, 5:43am
After seeing everyone elses pics, I noticed that mine were the only ones dirty. I wonder if I should wipe my strings down more often. Odd.

Bertram Henze
Feb-08-2008, 7:55am
mine were the only ones dirty. I wonder if I should wipe my strings down more often
Actually, mine get dirty as well, but then I wipe the strings down every time after practising or session (just before the instrument goes to sleep, that is), so that does not seem to help.
It also is not dirt in the classic sense - it is more of a dye, oozing deep into the skin, not easily washed away, like a tattoo. I have accepted my blue-black fingertips as a token of honest labor rather than lack of cleanliness.

Bertram

bradeinhorn
Feb-08-2008, 8:23am
a quick wash before playing is good too. your hands that is. not the strings.

stevebenn
Feb-08-2008, 9:58am
I was just examining my callouses, after playing for about an hour this morning ... a random day of Annual Leave is a wonderful thing ... and they look more like Joe F's. One thing I think is important is to keep your callouses from cracking and splitting, because at thst point it is painful and it does take some time or something to fix. I am constantly, though I try not to do it in public, rubbing my fingertips/callouses around at the base of my nose and my hairline ... lots of sebaceous oil glands there ... and what's better for your callouses than "your own biological skin care product"? I also rub them briskly (sand them) against my bluejeans as part of the oiling ritual ... it helps with oil absorption and it tends to remove the small pieces of dead skin before they can become large pieces and start tearing and ripping.

SteveB

markishandsome
Feb-08-2008, 2:53pm
I find flatwound strings are easier on the fingertips. Mine look more "polished" than chewed on.

Greg H.
Feb-09-2008, 11:10pm
Amanda Lyn
Stephanie Reiser Guitars & Mandolins

After seeing everyone elses pics, I noticed that mine were the only ones dirty. I wonder if I should wipe my strings down more often. Odd. #

Stephanie, there's a reason why I DON'T provide pictures of my fingers after playing (they're black as is the palm of my right hand from rubbing over the strings behind the bridge).

Yonkle
Feb-10-2008, 1:58am
After 2 hours of playing Dawgs Waltz, Dawgs Rag, Dawgs Funk, and Dawgie Mountain Breakdown!

Greg H.
Feb-10-2008, 2:49am
Yonkle, what furry hands you have (said in the voice of Goldilocks)

Stephanie Reiser
Feb-10-2008, 8:40am
John, how do you fret the strings with "nails" that long?
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oldwave maker
Feb-14-2008, 11:32pm
Practicing my peghead veneer gluing, most of the tips are bandage free.....

first string
Feb-15-2008, 9:43am
Dang Bill... http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/wow.gif

AlanN
Feb-15-2008, 9:52am
Hey Bill, you ever play Fagin in Oliver Twist?

- signed: Artful Dodger

Chris Travers
Feb-15-2008, 10:33am
hehe http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/tounge.gif

Gutbucket
Feb-15-2008, 5:35pm
Woa, did you try to shave a cat?http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/laugh.gif

Sandy Beckler
Feb-15-2008, 7:08pm
I don't touch my mando if I haven't washed my hands, it's just a thing I do it's almost like a ritual.

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Doug Edwards
Feb-20-2008, 5:03pm
Does this count? I was working on a mandolin, really.

man dough nollij
May-14-2008, 1:43am
Do you folks recommend using skin lotion on fingertip calluses? I'm in an extremely dry environment, and I'm wondering what's the best technique for maintaining good playing, good sounding calluses. I'm a noob player, but I've definitely noticed that having the perfect calluses helps the clean fretting of notes. Do any of you get such thick calluses that you file or grind them down?

Bertram Henze
May-14-2008, 8:35am
Do any of you get such thick calluses that you file or grind them down?
Yes, if the top layer begins to peel off by itself in places, I file off any protuding edges to help myself resist the urge to peel it all off with my fingernails. I am glad my callouses are thick enough to take me through 4 hours of playing OM in a session without feeling any pain (or anything at all, for that matter).

Bertram

Michael Gowell
May-14-2008, 6:13pm
True. #Just running your fingertips through your hair every couple of tunes will give you some modest protection.

Bertram Henze
May-15-2008, 1:44am
True. Just running your fingertips through your hair every couple of tunes will give you some modest protection.
That's cool - why did'nt I think of that when I still had hair to run my fingers through? (I'm more Bruce-Willis-style now...) http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif