Thanks. I am a finger picker.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.
That must have been some scary times. Glad to hear it worked out for youGlad 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.
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.That must have been some scary times. Glad to hear it worked out for you