Discussion in 'V.C.'s Parlor' started by Tconroy, Sep 10, 2019.

  1. squierTony

    squierTony Dr. Squier

    Jul 4, 2012
    MAUD Oklahoma
    @SquierTap has a messed up finger and has learned to play with it flipping you off all the time lol. In all seriousness he rocks out and may be oc some help here.
  2. gmt124

    gmt124 Squier-Meister

    Aug 11, 2019
    Wales, UK
    Seriously Tconroy, I'm sure everyone on this forum dreads the thought of losing the use of playing and feels your pain. But as a few here have mentioned, playing live is not the b all and end all, enjoying the gift of being able to play (if only for yourself) is a magical thing. All the very best.
  3. LutherBurger

    LutherBurger Squier-holic

    Sep 2, 2015
    Being the clumsy jackass that I am, I've burned fingers, hit them with hammers, crunched them under heavy objects, in doors, etc., etc...

    When these things happen, I tune to open G and bust out the slide. It's fun.

    I don't know what happened to your finger, but best wishes for a full and speedy recovery. Until then, though, try some slide.
  4. surfrodguitar

    surfrodguitar Squier-holic

    Aug 4, 2016
    Laguna Niguel
    Dude, you should just learn a easy song and maybe sing it too, sign up for a open mic and just do it! Don’t tell your wife. Do it a few times than tell her you going to do a open mic and blow her mind! You can do it!

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  5. Count

    Count Squier-Meister

    Dec 28, 2009
    I would advise you to go a see a specialist and get the finger thoroughly checked out. Ordinary General Practioners don't have all the answers to the problems all the bits of our anatomy are troubled with. Your finger could be fixable and it could be a simple fix. I had tendon problems with all teh fingers of my left hand, a course of Prednisolone fixed it and strengthening exercises maintain the fix. Your problem could be that simple to correct. As far as motivation to play, sometimes a break helps, then get back into it when you are ready.
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  6. SubSailer671

    SubSailer671 Squier-Nut

    Jul 4, 2019
    Ohio, United States
    I have a former co-worker and friend who cut the end of his left middle finger off in a table saw accident. He was an excellent player and even gigged a little bit. After it healed, he learned he could not play missing a part of his left hand so he quit.

    I met up with him 5 or so years later and learned that he was just getting back into the guitar. He told me: "If Jimi can play left handed, then so can I."
  7. JoeInMichigan

    JoeInMichigan Squier-Meister

    Jun 10, 2018
    Hope you don't quit. I've had an issue with nerve damage the last couple of years and was really discouraged,and embarrassed about my playing and was gonna call it quits until my wife told me to "suck it up buttercup,you promised Connor(our oldest grandson)to teach him some" she later told me she knew I wouldn't quit for that reason and she knows that playing is a very important part of me (for many unexplainable reasons)it's my therapy she calls it. I'm glad I didn't quit,I sure hope you don't either.get it looked at,take a break,put it on the back burner. Don't give up.
  8. eaglesgift

    eaglesgift Squier-holic

    Apr 18, 2014
    Chiang Mai, Thailand
    I was on the verge of buying a left-hand guitar and relearning everything a year or two ago, when the pain in my little finger was getting out of hand (unintended pun). Probably a bit of an overreaction on my part - I could have adapted and not used my little finger I guess. Anyway, I rested for 2-3 months I think and came back slowly. Been much better since them although I can still feel a twinge up the middle of the finger if I push on it hard. I'd definitely go to see a specialist if you can. I you want to play the guitar, don't give up.
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  9. Brocephus

    Brocephus Squier-Meister

    Jul 3, 2017
    Outstanding suggestion ! I'm surprised no one else (including me :D) thought of it!
    Referencing the above comments about people being terminally discouraged after seeing Tommy Emmanuel, I heard the same thing ( both joking, and seriously) every time I'd seen Doyle Dykes.
    He really made it exceedingly clear how good we weren't, LOL!
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  10. fattboyzz

    fattboyzz Squier-holic

    Nov 29, 2017
    Newnan ,Ga.
    I've now been back at playing for 2 years . I've learned about music theory I didn't know existed .
    This journey called guitar is a blast and I hope it never ends !

    Please keep playing somehow just for yourself !

    Open G is a great alternative tuning . I explored and played around with it some lately and from what I understand Keith Richards has made hundreds of millions of dollars using it jam.gif jam.gif jam.gif
  11. Davis Sharp

    Davis Sharp Dr. Squier

    Jan 7, 2016
    Maryland, USA
    Another vote for occupational therapy.
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  12. eaglesgift

    eaglesgift Squier-holic

    Apr 18, 2014
    Chiang Mai, Thailand
    Tommy Emmanuel inspires me to put more effort into my acoustic playing, he doesn't make me want to quit. He does make me regret wasting so many years though but I'm not dead yet so there's still hope for me.
  13. Tconroy

    Tconroy Squier-Nut

    Sep 11, 2015
    kansas city mo
    Thanks guys for all the input. I have been doing self therapy and am typing right now with my fingers taped together. I have not played since Monday and will not play all week. Focusing more on getting my finger under control. the exercises (the new ones) seem to be helping. I got it caught in between 2 posts and bent it completely sideways. It was a work injury so I went to the doctor and he put a splint on it for a week . It was really swollen for a month or so.
  14. mofojar

    mofojar Squier-holic

    May 9, 2019
    Calgary, Alberta
    I actually had a very similar injury to SquierTap about 15 years ago. Left hand, middle finger. I slipped on some boxes at work and landed with all my weight right on my middle finger. The whole thing was bent about 20 degrees left of being straight, and it turned out that I ripped the tendon that is responsible for curling the finger.

    I left work and went straight to getting x-rays. Luckily the doctor I was with recognized the ripped tendon and sent me for surgery to reattach it the next morning. It wasn't until I came here and heard Mr. Tap's story that I was aware of how little time you actually have to do that in that situation.

    So I got six stitches in my left hand middle finger and was sent home with a finger cast. I went on worker's comp and let it heal for 8-10 weeks before heading back to my restaurant job. Both the hand specialist and I agreed that banging around pots and pans wouldn't have been good for someone who plays guitar.

    Playing was hard at first. I could only do slide, because of the cast. I'd put the slide on my ring finger and it wouldn't matter that I had this huge plastic cast protecting my finger.

    Every week I went to finger rehab where I would do exercises to increase the motion and reduce the scar tissue. I still have a fairly big build-up near where the surgery was but thank the gods that I did get full motion back. I do get a little pain now and again and with a family history of arthritis and carpal tunnel problems (My Pa is going for surgery on his wrists later this month.) I worry that eventually it will cause problems.

    So hang in there, man! Maybe try what I did and work on slide while it heals. In any case sending best wishes for your hand health!
  15. Count

    Count Squier-Meister

    Dec 28, 2009
    Whenevr my fingers play up I look at this and think "if he can I can". Not that I can do it like him but I'll keep trying.:)
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  16. duceditor

    duceditor Squier-Axpert

    May 29, 2014
    The Monadnocks, NH USA
    Reading here and thinking about it -- this after learning guitar having changed, and in a real sense, made, my life -- I see a major difference between stopping playing because of any number of reasons and "quitting."

    Quitting means giving up -- accepting defeat. Yet one might stop playing because the energy now required is better used -- more rewardingly used -- elsewhere. Or physical issues could simply make another endeavor more likely to bring joy, satisfaction and accomplishment.

    Even the old "been there, done that" concept to me holds weight. (To my own amazement that is how I feel about my past Ducati motorcycle focused life. Even ten years ago that'd have seemed impossible.)

    Yes, and parenting too. Did it with gusto and passion. Been there, done that. "Next!"


  17. optofonik

    optofonik Squier-holic

    Been a musician since I was 6 years old.

  18. Matt Shevell

    Matt Shevell Squier-Nut

    Feb 5, 2018
    New York
    Take it easy and take time to heal up
    Guitar is supposed to be fun
    We all shouldn’t take it so seriously sometimes
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  19. bgmacaw

    bgmacaw Squier-Nut

    Jan 19, 2018
    GA USA
    I had a stroke about 9 years ago. I stopped playing a while then got back into it. I mainly concentrated on finger style and slide playing since my grip dexterity wasn't as good. I've recovered a lot since then and I attribute that partly to using guitar as physical therapy.
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  20. beagle

    beagle Squier-Meister

    Nov 19, 2017
    Yorkshire Pub
    If you want to play, you'll play. If you don't you won't. The best therapy for fingers is playing guitar, though it can take a while.
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