Imprinted violin strings?
Posted 2/20/15
Hi, I've just started learning the violin for around three weeks now (no teacher). I've developed calluses on my left hand's fingers. While I know that this is a normal thing, the strings have somehow imprinted themselves on my fingertips. I think it might be because I press my fingers down too hard so I minimized practicing for the past five days but the imprints are still there. If I don't press hard, it won't produce a good sound. Is there a way to fix this?
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Posted 2/20/15
I would expect this is fairly normal. I don't play the violin but have been playing the guitar for a long time now and notice that if I've been playing for a few hours straight that the strings will leave impressions on my fingers. This is probably an issue that's different for each person. I assume you and your fingers will become more tolerable of it in the future. If there is pain, then I all I can say is just ration your playing until you can get to the point where your tolerance for the pain is decent enough to where you won't notice a thing when playing.
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Posted 2/21/15
They go away after a while, but it takes a little time to get the feel for it, technically your brain will ignore a certain degree for pain from the tips of your fingers. You'll always have some marks after playing, but the skin will go back to normal after a while. 頑張ってね
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Posted 2/22/15
It's completely normal. My mom attented the Juilliard School and was a first violinist in South Korea's International Symphony Orchestra; she used to play/practice 15-17 hours a day when she was younger.

The areas on her fingers where she presses down on the strings are completely calloused. If I recall correctly, the imprints are somewhat there too because of the enormous time she spent playing. She'd always show me when I was a kid because she couldn't feel anything there due to all the deadened and hardened skin.

Just keep playing! There's nothing wrong with what you're doing and nothing to fix. I also had them when I first played the guitar and violin.
Posted 2/22/15 , edited 2/22/15
I've been playing guitar for about 10 years, so my fingertips are really calloused. If I play guitar for about 30 minutes or so, the string imprints disappear within maybe 15 minutes. Keep playing because you'll develop the callouses and will soon be able to play without pain or long lasting string imprints!
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