When I first started playing ukulele, about six months ago, I would occasionally wince when lifting my fingers off of the nylon strings. Because in the beginning, the flesh of my fingertips were fresh, no callouses. But slowly, over time, after repeatedly striking down on the strings, my fingers gave birth to a new layer of skin, a thick coat protecting them from the piercing pain caused by the strings.
And now my fingers are repeating the same painful cycle.
About a week and a half ago, I started playing my new guitar that’s strung with steel strings, thin and sharp. And last Saturday, I lost track of time, jamming away for a little over an hour. The next morning, my index finger was throbbing, a blister forming at its very tip. As a result, I’ve been unable to play any of my instruments, giving myself a week to let the blister heal (and hopefully develop into a callous). Even now, as I type this up, I twinge in pain every time my left index finger strikes the keyboard.