Finger callouses ...
This is a topic I haven't see discussed here much, if at all. But, it's certainly an important issue for everyone who plays guitar. Especially steel string acoustic.
We all know that developing callouses takes time and perserverance. Pain is probably one of the chief culprits in causing beginners to give up and quit trying to learn guitar.
My question though, is once you have developed nice calloused fingertips, what is the best way to maintain them ??
I play 1-2 hours per night and my callouses are thick and tough. Almost too tough, if that's possible. They're kind of rough and have string "grooves" worn into them.
Subsequently, I find that the callouses are so rough and uneven, that they tend to drag and hang up on strings during chord changes.
Should I "sand them down" ?? Is there any sort of lotion or anything of the sort to smooth them out ??
What (if anything) do you folks do to care for and maintain your hard-earned callouses ??
I use a callous tool that is made for using on feet. It is basically a round pumice stone flat on one side with a handle. I just lightly smooth down the rough edges. It has worked fine for me. Got it at Walmart.
So ... Looks like the consensus here so far is that sanding them down is the wise thing to do?
I was a little hesitant to grind away what took so long to create, but I suppose that a little "grooming" would be benficial.
What gauge of strings are you using? That would make a difference...
Sounds like the rosin bag would be an excellent idea - I'll have a go with this and see if it helps.
For many, if not most people, callouses get thicker and rougher the more you play. For some of us, that thickness and roughness begins to inhibit our playing to the point that we need to do something. Not all people tan ... some people just burn if they don't pay attention.