Thursday, February 7, 2013

Ukulele Finger Pain Tips

You started playing the ukulele for fun, right?  So why all the pain and discomfort?  Unfortunately, it's just something that you'll have to go through, but believe me, it will get better!  In time, your fingers will get used to the new exercise that you're putting them through, and those sore fingertips will develop calluses and stop hurting all the time.  And that's probably the best advice that can be given to a beginner on the uke...just stay the course and play through the pain.

While there's not much that can be done to alleviate those growing pains, here's a few tips that might help you get through
this painful time.

Take time to stretch!

The fine folks at have some great advice for you to help speed the process along.  Here's a great article from them about the importance of finger stretching exercises.

What about those sore fingertips?

Not to sound redundant, but at the beginning of your journey, those fingertips are just going to hurt every time you press down the strings with your fretting hand.  But there are a few effective ways of relieving the soreness after you're done with your practice regiment.

1. Apple Cider Vinegar - This has long been a popular home remedy for sunburns and sore throats, but it can also help with sore fingertips.  Just soak your fingertips for about 30 seconds before and after playing.

2.  Ice Ice Baby! - Icing your fingertips before and after playing can also help dull the pain.

3. Topical anesthetic products containing benzocaine can also be helpful for taking the edge off.  Just follow the directions on the label and discontinue use if it's causing any allergic reactions.

Hope this information will help you continue your ukulele playing journey!  Carry on, my wayward son!