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Emre Enercan:
Hey there, I have some thumb from playing the melodeon for hours, and the day after it gets hard to play because of the sore thumb, Im pretty sure im not the only one who has this issue, any tips?

Peadar:
If your thumb is aching that's just because soft tissue is being exercised and needs time to recover.
The exercise your thumb is getting is new to it and the physical work being done is no different to what you would be doing to your legs if you started running. You have to build up over time. When it hurts stop.

One other thing...if you have a thumb strap is it leather? There was a time when Hohner were putting stiff PU leather (i.e. reinforced plastic) straps on some boxes...or a least there was such a strap on one of my boxes when it arrived. The edges on that stuff can literally saw into your skin in a way that real leather cannot.

Gena Crisman:
Which thumb?

I have had thumb blisters and calluses on both sides for different reasons. Overly heavy air buttons can be culprits, too.

Peadar:

--- Quote from: Gena Crisman on June 12, 2020, 04:24:49 PM ---Which thumb?

I have had thumb blisters and calluses on both sides for different reasons. Overly heavy air buttons can be culprits, too.

--- End quote ---

As ever you ask the obvious sensible question....it never occurred to me that you can actually hurt your left thumb.  :|bl

Thrupenny Bit:
I'm used to Italian wedge type air buttons.
When borrowing a Hohner Erika with traditional Hohner air button, I'd cramp my left thumb after a very short time.
Yep yer left thumb can suffer too!

Emre, if you're just taking up melodeon and 'playing for hours' then with respect I think you're overdoing it!
It's generally thought that several bouts of practice is better for learning than one long session.
I discovered that drinking a cup of tea was optimum for learning, so when I'd drunk it, or left it and it had got cold I'd stop. That often is in the region of 30 - 40 minutes.
Then when I wanted another cuppa I'd also have another play!
It's a physical instrument to play, so take time to ease yourself into playing and getting used to a new instrument.
Good luck!
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