One of the most frustrating things about learning to play the guitar is the fact that it’s so ***ing painful on the fingertips.
There’s nothing quite like physical pain to derail your practice and put a damper on your motivation.
Every guitarist deals with this regularly.
If you’re just starting out and trying to break past that pain period, you’re certainly going to feel it.
If you’ve been playing for months or years and take a few days off, you’re going to feel it when you get back into the routine.
Even if you practice on a daily basis and spend more time playing one day than usual, you’re still going to be subject to tender fingertips.
The old adage was to just keep playing, push through the pain, and eventually, you’ll grow calluses.
Not to say that this isn’t true, but luckily there’s a better way.
Enter tea tree oil.
This stuff is amazing in so many ways, and accelerating the callus-building processes is just one of them.
How I Found Out About Tea Tree Oil
A few years ago, during a break at a rehearsal, my drummer/friend grabbed a little bottle of tea tree oil and poured it all over his hands.
When I asked what he was doing, he told me that he had gone surfing earlier in the day.
“The ocean water softened my callouses and I’m getting blisters from my [drum] sticks.”
Clearly, he could see that I was confused.
He continued, “Whenever I need to rebuild my calluses, I just rub this stuff onto my hands. Tomorrow morning when I wake up my blisters will have turned into calluses.”
I had never heard of such a thing and almost couldn’t believe it, but I had to give it a try.
Even after years of playing, my fingers still burn and blister after long, intense rehearsals and practice sessions.
The next day I went out and picked up a bottle of tea tree oil.
After my practice session, I applied the oil to the tips of my fingers.
I remember it smelled funny and made my fingers tingle, but I was anxious to see if it worked the way my friend had described.
Lo and behold, the next morning my fingers were sporting calluses that were stronger than ever.
I picked up the guitar and went off into my own little world, completely free of pain.
I couldn’t believe I had never heard of this stuff!
It was miraculous how well it worked and now I carry it with me wherever I go.