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#1 Blaine Baker

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Posted 16 October 2015 - 07:54 PM

Hey fellow operators. Began playing my acoustic guitar quite a bit again, easy to forget how spoiled one is when playing electric for so many years. I'm finding my fingers getting callouses on them, and wondering if any of you have dealt with this as a pro or con with regard to operating on your post.


I feel like I'm usually not quite on my finger tips when operating, except for when my pinky is ready to help me tilt, but I couldn't help but wonder if anyone else has dealt with this (whether or not you play guitar itself, maybe theres another activity you've been doing for a while that has left callouses on your hands/fingers)


Hope all is well! 





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#2 Jason Leeds

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Posted 16 October 2015 - 09:29 PM

I too play acoustic and am usually calloused. I don't think it has any affect but I'm no veteran. My dad told me that he had to take a break from playing when he was going to school to be a chiropractor. Said he needed every bit of sensitivity. Interesting thread, I'd like to hear what some of the vets have to say. Garret Brown plays guitar I know, never heard him mention anything about it affecting his operating. As far as operating with the fingertips I too can really only think of the pinky fingertip making occasional contact with the post. Only way to find out is to keep playing and get those fingertips all roughed up. Have fun!

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#3 Sam Law

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Posted 16 October 2015 - 10:06 PM

If I'm not mistaken part of the reason steadicam is traditionally operated on the left hand side, is because Garret Brown is a banjo player, and so the lest hand controls fine movement, while the right controls bigger movements.  If thats the case I can only assume the shining was operated with rather calloused fingers, so i think you'll be fine

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#4 Robert G. Christman

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Posted 16 October 2015 - 11:46 PM

I also play, acoustic mainly, now that my eardrums constantly ring from a monstrous fullstack I used to own for live shows.   I use my callouses to my advantage and I can feel the webed grips of my gimbal grind on my finger tips when panning and such, giving me more control to stop or throw the sled into motion. Using my pinky to influence tilt comes very naturally from stretching my playing/operating hand on a guitar neck.  I almost never play my nylon stringed guitar to keep my fingers feeling like there is dried superglue on em.  It also helps on music videos, having and understanding of musical language for feeling when a song's tempo or mood changes to influence moves or therefore lack of movement.


Keep playing on those heavy gauged strings!

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