I have been playing the guitar since 2006, so I'm not new to the activity, and I have caluses. I started playing Flamenco on a nylon strings and in 2013 moved to play Surf on a stratocaster.
A couple of years ago, I began playing Blues and Rock (some Eric Clapton and mainly Mark Knopfler stuff), which required a technique I never used before - string bending. I have been doing it for some years now, but the pain at my fingertips still isn't going away (I'm using the right technique - bending with all 3 fingers, use rotating motion, etc, etc).
Currently I'm playting on a Les Paul, a short scaled guitar, with 9 gauge strings (the lightest set available in my area), with a low action and wrap arround tail (some claim it makes the strings more slinky. . . ) - this should be the easiest setup for string bending, but not in my case.
I watched many tutorials how to bend strigns the right way. It looks to be a casual and effortless act, but it doesn't come effortless to me. In fact, after about a dozen of bends, I can't play any longer, for my fingertips heart much. I feel as if my flash is moving away from the bone, and the sore feeling keeps for hours after - I feel like I'm playing a cheese grater rathar than a guitar
Again, I'm not a new player to experience such pain, and it hasn't improved with the years. I wonder if the issues is with the way my fingers are.
Have anyone encountered such a thing before? I found none in the common guitar forums.
I do a bit of dish washing on a daily bases as well as using hand moisturizer. Obviously not going to stop doing both.
(By the way, when playing Surf, which doesn't require bending, I used 11 and 12 gauge strings on a Stratocastr, without any issues)