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radtz

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Yesterday I was fixing a drawer. I was pounding in a trim nail, and I watched in slow motion as I manged to stick the fleshy part of my thumb between the hammer and nail. It feels like a second degree burn today.
 

Billy3

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Sucks man. When I mess up my fretting hand/fingers, I practice slide a lot. Mess around with more open tunings. Work on picking techniques. The hunger will drive you. Hope you heal quickly.
 

fjblair

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Years ago I injured my fretting hand index finger and had to play without the use of the finger for 6-8 weeks. I think it actually helped my playing in the long run.
 

ClashCityTele

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Play it like Django!
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OmegaWoods

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Glad it wasn’t more serious. Severed the tension in my left index finger a number of years ago. Thank God for a hand specialist doctor who saved nearly all the function. I still have a wicked scar and some loss of feeling but it doesn’t seem to impact my mediocre playing much.
 

oldunc

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When I started working full time in factory jobs long, long ago I was playing classical guitar seriously, but I started getting a lot of minor finger injuries and broken RH nails that effectively took a finger out of play for a time. Couldn't play the classical pieces with a missing finger, so I got into a lot of improvisation, and never looked back. Technically you can do yourself a lot of good by working around that sort of disability but you have to be careful not to start messing with things like hand positions and balance. Playing with a missing finger on your fretting hand will certainly give you plenty of practice at changing positions, and may help quite a bit with visualizing patterns on the fretboard. If you finger pick it's a pretty normal part of practice; playing passages with your second and third fingers, or thumb alone, etc.
It can be a good learning experience, and kind of fun, as you're trying new things a lot.
 

Twangthang

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When I started working full time in factory jobs long, long ago I was playing classical guitar seriously, but I started getting a lot of minor finger injuries and broken RH nails that effectively took a finger out of play for a time. Couldn't play the classical pieces with a missing finger, so I got into a lot of improvisation, and never looked back. Technically you can do yourself a lot of good by working around that sort of disability but you have to be careful not to start messing with things like hand positions and balance. Playing with a missing finger on your fretting hand will certainly give you plenty of practice at changing positions, and may help quite a bit with visualizing patterns on the fretboard. If you finger pick it's a pretty normal part of practice; playing passages with your second and third fingers, or thumb alone, etc.
It can be a good learning experience, and kind of fun, as you're trying new things a lot.
Thanks. I am a finger picker.
I took some classical lessons a year a two ago.
I didn’t get very far on working with my music pieces, but the teacher was excellent at drilling technique. I learned some valuable lessons.
 

Twangthang

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Glad it wasn’t more serious. Severed the tension in my left index finger a number of years ago. Thank God for a hand specialist doctor who saved nearly all the function. I still have a wicked scar and some loss of feeling but it doesn’t seem to impact my mediocre playing much.
That must have been some scary times. Glad to hear it worked out for you
 

OmegaWoods

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That must have been some scary times. Glad to hear it worked out for you
Thank you. It was quite frightening. They genuinely did not know if they could fix it with surgery and it took months of physical therapy and years of odd weakness before it got back to full strength and dexterity.

The good thing about it is that I still have a little numbness in the edge of my finger pad which acts as a constant reminder to keep my hands safe. I am hyper conscious about my hands and hand safety.
 




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