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Anonymous
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posted: 4/8/2004 at 1:16:13 AM ET
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I've been taking accoustic guitar lessons for about six weeks. My instructor taught me about 12 chords and then we worked out some songs that I could play along to in order to practice chord changes. It's fun.

My problem is that my hand gets numb from trying to play the chords throughout an entire song. In fact, about a third of the way into a typical song my fingers get so numb that they won't move to the strings correctly. I seem to lose control of them.

Is this typical for a beginner? Is it just because I'm not used to it yet?

Taciturn
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posted: 4/8/2004 at 2:51:39 PM ET
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Don't worry, it's completely normal. Just give it time and your fingers will become tougher. It won't be a problem after a while. This happened to me when I started playing the cello. The fingers on my left hand would always hurt and get numb, but it's been 7 years, so obviously I've long been over that problem. I even started playing the guitar about a year ago, but it only lasted a couple months because my guitar broke. But my fingers did hurt and would be numb, but I remember it gradually started to lessen after a while. So anyway, it's no big deal, it'll go away.

ni3tzsch3
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posted: 4/9/2004 at 1:37:07 AM ET
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Thank you. I think I feel better.

What happend to your guitar?



Taciturn
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posted: 4/9/2004 at 2:31:26 PM ET
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The nut broke off.

That sounds appealing, doesn't it, lol

ni3tzsch3
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posted: 4/10/2004 at 2:01:07 AM ET
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Ouch! Can that be fixed? Or is something like that basically...uh..hem...inoperable?

Taciturn
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posted: 4/10/2004 at 1:53:30 PM ET
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I'm sure it could be fixed, but I just don't have the money to fix it. I wasn't really hardcore on learning guitar anyway, so it wasn't a big deal.

ni3tzsch3
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posted: 4/10/2004 at 10:44:48 PM ET
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I'm not sure I am either. It makes my hand numb and I sound like crap.

I really want to learn to play the piano but that is difficult since I don't have one. I figured the guitar, being only a couple hundred dollars, would be a decent way to learn to make music while I save the money for a piano. I didn't realize it would be so rough on my hand.

Sometimes I wonder if I shouldn't have tried to get dizzy playing the flute instead.

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posted: 4/11/2004 at 5:23:20 PM ET
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Don't let the numb thing discourage you, it will go away after a short while. Just makes sure you keep constantly practicing. If you play a little and stop for a few days, play a little more and so on, you fingers will remain sensitive and the calluses won't form quickly. And don't think that the calluses will be like, big thick rough areas on your skin, because it all smooths out and looks normal through time. Well actually, since guys tend to have drier skin already it might be a little different from girls, since we have lots of estrogen to make our skin smooth.
Anyway, as for your piano problem, maybe get a keyboard instead. Keyboards can even cost less than guitars, depending on the brand and type of keyboard. You can get a nice simple one for a nice price, I bet. Of course it might not have the exact feel of a piano (and there are no pedals) but you can learn on it just fine.

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