Without index finger?

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  1. Larry F

    Larry F Doctor of Teleocity Vendor Member

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    How many people here could keep on playing after a bar patron hacks off your index finger?

    How about single notes vs chords?

    How does muscle memory work here?
     
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    I could probably deal with losing a finger. The thumb would end it all together, though.
     
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    I’d stop playing, and kick his keister, yer’ honor!
     
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    When I was 19, in a freakish accident my fretting hand index finger was cut off between the first and second knuckle. The docs were able to sew it back on, but couldn't retrieve the ligaments and tendons. As it healed in a curved splint, the first knuckle froze permanently bent over. I learned to play only using that finger for the bar in bar chords. I played everything else, chords, solos, with the other 3 fingers.
    I played that way for 8 years, then gave up guitar for 15 years. Getting back into playing I was determined to use that finger for solos and other things and was able to finally make it work for certain things.
    I'll never be a shredder!! :D
     
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    You are talking left hand I presume. Also after being fully healed.

    I cut my left hand little finger deeply, 15 minutes before i had to drive to a country club wedding gig. Wrapped it heavily in medical adhesive tape, which I replaced on the breaks. On the way back, I stopped into an ER and got several stitches.
     
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    Back in the 1980s I caught The Smithereens at the Warner Theater in DC. Guitarist Jimmy Babjak had a metal splint on his fretting hand's broken index finger, and listening to him play you'd never know one finger was out of commission. On one tune he played the break using the splint as a slide.

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    I remember seeing a local guitarist years ago who was missing the ring finger on his left hand and with just 3 fingers he was a helluva guitar player.
     
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    I broke my ring finger on my fretting hand in a freak horse riding accident. When it grew back, it rotated a bit clockwise as you point the hand away from you. As a result, when I play a D chord, my ring finger is never tight in that chord. If I hold all my fingers together and then close my hand, that finger is never close against my middle finger. I'll never be as good a player as I wish I was but I make do.
     
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    So the elephant in the room question is .... did it actually happen to you?
     
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    Does it have to be a bar patron?

    Sometimes that finger just gets in the way.
     
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    I think if anyone, drunk or otherwise, intentionally severed one of my appendages (even a toe) when it was not medically necessary, I'd come back with a gun and finish him on general principles. I'd end up in prison, and playing guitar again would be the least of my problems.
     
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    Lost mine 20 yrs ago, in workshop not a bar. Took several months to get back to playing. I play mostly with a pick, haven't finger picked much since~ If it had been the right hand :confused: IMG_20210515_105423078.jpg
     
  15. Larry F

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    Yes, in a way. I just started playing without the index finger. Something like fingers 132 could be replaced by 243. I was surprised how easy and automatic it was. But I'm not sure about muscle memory. If I play 132 followed by 243 on the same notes, I'm not using the same fingers for that. Can it be muscle memory if the second pattern uses different fingers? Does this lead to a broader definition of muscle memory?
     
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    I'm already down one LH pinkie tip and have to admit I'd be gone if another one got hacked off mid show.
    Sorry, I'm no William Wallace.
     
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    It's a matter of how determined you are. A lot of rock/ blues guitarists are only using 3 fingers anyway; Django did it with two. I've run across a band on video a couple of times whose front man plays banjo with no fingers- pretty well, too- by fretting with his thumb over the top of the neck. Or, as someone noted above, there's always the slide. You might start looking for a better class of bar.
     
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    Tony Iommi, nuff said! ;)
     
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    Caught my hand in a 750-ton parts flattener 40 years ago when I worked as a UAW building bulldozers ... fortunately there was a part in there or I would have lost my hand. A little arthritic, but playable.
     
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    Still, that must have been a pants-changing moment, yikes.
     
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