In the preliminary stages of learning to play a guitar - is fingertip numbness to be expected?
November 2, 2010 6:43 PM Subscribe
In the preliminary stages of learning to play a guitar - is persistent fingertip numbness to be expected?
posted by cranberrymonger to Health & Fitness (16 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
I have decided to try to learn acoustic guitar, but I found that after practicing my 2 chords last night and tonight, my first fingertip is persistently numb.
The area in question is just the very tip, maybe a quarter of the length of the first finger segment on my left hand.
The middle and ring fingertips were a little bit numb last night, but when I woke up this morning they felt fine. The first finger though, was numb all day, up until I picked up the guitar tonight. And now that I'm done, it's even more numb.
I'm afraid I don't know what type of guitar it is, but I do know that the strings are Martin brand, 80/20 bronze "light." I am confident that the person who gave me the guitar had the people from the store attach the strings properly.
My practice sessions involved watching justinguitar.com videos and trying to learn the A chord and the D chord. Each practice went on for about 30 minutes, but I wasn't playing constantly; I was trying to get the finger positions right.
I tried searching online guitar forums (and Ask MeFi) about fingertip numbness and read lots of accounts of finger soreness and building up calluses, which I understand. However, the only times people mentioned numbness, they mentioned whole fingers or the whole hand going numb and the responses all pointed to nerve damage.
No one really mentioned 1 numb fingertip and I was hoping that someone might have had a similar experience.
My question is, did you ever have 1 persistently numb fingertip after starting to play guitar and what happened?