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    dilawless54
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    I have noticed that my first finger tip is a little sore, I am not sure if I injured it from working on the fences around the ranch or if it is from too much death like pressure while practicing my fiddle. However I have found something that helps me continue to practice while it is healing. I use a product that you can get at any pharmacy called New-Skin liquid bandage. It is for covering cuts and scrapes but I found that I can paint about two layers on the tip of my first finger and after it dries it gives me a little protection from the string cutting into it. Does anyone out there have a better solution (other than don’t fix fences and don’t use so much pressure on the strings, ha ha). Let me know. A few of my friends that are learning guitar use it on their fingers while developing the much needed calluses.

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    Carrie
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    The skin of my finger tips is in poor condition and my skin breaks open like really deep paper cuts along the lines of my fingerprints occasionally so I was planning to use band-aids while playing if I do find myself with an instrument in my hands. But it has also been on my to-do list to see if there are there other ways to protect the finger skin. I didn’t even think about liquid band-aids. Good thinking.
    I just googled “finger protection string instruments” and found many products to try.

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    dilawless54
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    Thanks for the information. I did Google it and found that I have tried several of the products listed: RockTips is like a fingernail polish and makes the finger tips like hard surface but it is pretty pricey so that is why I started using the New Skin product. So that works well for tender fingers like you get with learning the guitar. But my first finger tip is sort of like it is bruised or something deeper not just a callus problem. So I am currently trying the Gorilla Tips and of course just using the one, since I had purchased those a while back when I was starting guitar and my fingers were really sore so that I couldn’t practice. It is a rubber like sleeve that fits on the end of the finger and there is a big cushioned tip. It is a little awkward for fiddle but at least I am hoping that it will allow me to keep practicing while y finger tip heals.

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    Maricris
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    I would also think of too much pressure on the finger while playing. Or could also be that the violin’s nut or bridge is too high causing you to press too much against the string and finger board. I use sand paper to correct mine but you could ask for help from a teacher or other violinist for a better result

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