Although the current situation has forced a large part of the population to remain in their homes, in many cases, this has become an opportunity to take advantage of family time, finish pending issues and why not, to learn a new skill. .
Just this year, many parents have chosen to give their children the gift of music: guitar lessons; a piano course, a singing program, etc.
And it is that learning to play a musical instrument or to sing is one of the best activities to complement school and even more so now that it is not possible to attend educational centers in person.
The reason is that permanent contact with music offers your child many benefits, both physically, socially, cognitively and emotionally:
- Releases stress and provides a sense of well-being.
- Body control is achieved and motor skills are developed.
- Improves coordination.
- Strengthens qualities such as patience and empathy.
And the list goes on.
This is just to give you an idea of what music can do for your little one now and in the long run, as the benefits it provides are permanent, if practiced continuously.
Now, speaking of the most popular musical tastes, I must tell you that, in general, the favorite instrument of children, young people and adults is the guitar.
Who has not ever imagined playing their favorite song on the guitar, in front of a large audience?
That’s when you should take advantage of that positive approach that your little one has with music so that he can explore with his favorite instrument: the guitar.
This musical instrument is ideal for developing coordination and improving memory.
Plus, your little one will build teamwork every time they get ready to play with their bandmates.
Faced with these first steps, it is common to feel great enthusiasm:
Your first class (which must include practice on the instrument, of course!).
The illusion of his first guitar, with which he will rehearse what he has learned at home.
Start practicing your favorite songs (guys love this!)
This is the moment when, without being a spoilsport, I must tell you that, with the first guitar lessons, pain in the fingers also appears.
This is actually more common than you think.
So you need to know it, just like your child, so that he doesn’t get discouraged at the first discomfort in his fingers, or hands.
The good news is that there are many ways to alleviate this finger discomfort, so your child can enjoy the experience of learning on their guitar, without giving up at the first discomfort.
So, I invite you to review the following tips to help your little one deal with this common aspect when starting guitar lessons:
1) Have a good posture
Good posture is one of the keys to avoiding discomfort, whether in the back, neck, or in the hands and fingers.
This will even protect your little one from any injury in the future, as a result of an inadequate posture when playing the instrument.
Next, I explain what is the correct posture to sing a guitar:
If you are sitting, you should not do it by sticking your back to the back of the chair, but you should stand in the middle of the chair and of course, with your back straight. Your shoulders should be relaxed and level.
Orient the guitar towards your body correctly, support the waist of the guitar on your right leg and place your right forearm on the greater curvature of the top rim.
The right hand should be between the soundhole and the bridge.
The neck should be close to the body and tilted up a little, without hitting the guitar to your stomach.
The left hand will pluck the strings to produce the musical notes.
Angle the top of the guitar inward a bit, so you don’t have to lean too far to see where you put your fingers.
These tips are very important to adopt a good posture, which will allow your little one to reduce discomfort when he is starting his guitar lessons.
Remember that the whole body is connected and having a bad posture generates an extra load of tension in the muscles and tendons, so it is recommended that you pay close attention to the way you position yourself, in order to reduce discomfort. .
This is only at the beginning as, over time, your child will achieve correct posture naturally, thanks to daily practice on the instrument.
2) Press the strings only as much as necessary
It often happens that, when starting to learn the guitar, the strings are pressed too much, which can cause minor discomfort in the fingers.
But do not worry!
This happens because your child is not so familiar with the instrument and must learn, little by little, the force required to play it.
One way to tell if you’re pushing the strings too hard is to relax your fingers, loosen the strings a bit, and test the sound again.
If it comes out perfectly, it means that more pressure was being exerted than required.
All these adjustments will be achieved with daily practice.
This, accompanied by the guidance of his teacher, will make your little one manage to adjust his strength little by little and manage to press the strings as necessary, to produce the notes and chords, without this representing greater discomfort.
3) Use home remedies
There are some home remedies that can relieve finger pain when starting to learn guitar, for example:
- a) Cold compresses:
Submerge a towel in cold water, with a little ice, for a few minutes.
Then remove the excess water and apply the cold compress to your fingers.
You can do it after your practice, while resting your hands.
It is a practical and effective way to reduce pain and deflate your fingers.
- b) Apple cider vinegar:
This is a very useful home remedy to relieve discomfort in the fingers.
To take advantage of it, you simply have to dip your fingers in a tray of apple cider vinegar for about 30 seconds.
This will make them numb a bit, which is very handy for reducing pain.
Remember to dry your fingers well before playing the guitar.
And repeat the process after daily practice.
- c) Apply cotton with a little alcohol on your fingers, to help form calluses:
As long as you don’t have any small cuts on your fingers, you can apply cotton swabs slightly moistened with alcohol, which will help form calluses on the tips of your fingers.
This will go a long way to help reduce pain when playing guitar.
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4) Promotes the formation of calluses
An important fact that you should know is that it is completely normal for all guitarists to develop calluses on the tips of their fingers.
The constant rubbing of the fingers with the rough surface of the strings and the movement they make through them promotes the appearance of calluses.
But believe it or not, once they are formed, the pain in the fingertips decreases considerably, especially if it is a beginner student.
So it is best not to remove them.
It takes about 4 weeks for calluses to fully form on your fingers, so it’s important to be patient and above all not to give up.
After this, your child will enjoy his guitar lessons to the fullest and will have fun playing his favorite songs.