I'm wondering what lancet device you're using. I use the accu-chek multiclix. it is about 4 " long. It is different from others because you use drums instead of single needles. Each drum has 6 needles in it. You put one drum in, then press down on the end of the device and it is ready. To rotate the drum, you twist THEN press down on the end. It's really easy because you don't have to put a new needle in each time. When I use the multiclix it is a single fluid motion, really easy to use.
The also important thing is that it has a depth setting from 1 to 6. That way the needle goes in only a specified distance instead of hurting you, or not drawing any blood at all. This makes the multiclix personalizable (if that's a word :-) )
I've heard from other people that the multiclix is the most user-friendly. I don't know because it is the only thing i have used since I was diagnosed (3 years ago).
Just a suggestion. Oh yeah I also play the violin so for three years I have only been testing on 3 fingertips, and I haven't had any problems with scar tissue or anything. Although I am planning on trying some alternate sites, like my forearm or palm.
Hope this helped!