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post Jun 8 2010, 05:27 PM
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I broke my finger yesterday. The ring finger on my fretting hand. Obviously I can't use it for 8 weeks but I've decided to continue with music theory (I really enjoy theory) and as far a playing goes power chords, drop D. Any other suggestions? Now may be a good time to focus in on pinky exercises... any suggestions?

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post Jun 8 2010, 05:32 PM
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I wouldn't really risk giving you any good pinky exercises, as the pinky is very strongly connected to the ring finger, but if you're going for music theory, then check out this amazing tool: http://www.musiclearningtools.net wink.gif

Get well soon smile.gif Don't strain your fretting hand, maybe 8 weeks away from your guitar can have a very positive effect: your fingers' strength will be rejuvenated, and you can use this time to learn more music theory and develop your aural skills (ear) by composing etc.


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post Jun 8 2010, 06:04 PM
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I would definitely go with the theory and also you could practice picking hands tapping technique patterns (without the use of the left hand) if you're into that technique.


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post Jun 8 2010, 06:25 PM
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dont use the hand at all, i think it will be better.
get some theory, maybe start on piano with just the right hand, singing, keep growing musically smile.gif


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post Jun 8 2010, 06:38 PM
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When Ron Jarzombek injured his hand, he wrote this:
Point is: You could practice your ear and transcribe things biggrin.gif

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post Jun 8 2010, 06:43 PM
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Man, don't use your fretting hand at all!
Just give enough time to heal. And be careful after that. I broke ring finger (fretting hand) more than 10 years ago and sometimes I still feel it if I play guitar for really long time. dry.gif

Otherwise, music theory and maybe use the time to discover other music styles

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DON'T STOP PLAYING!

In the beginning it will feel weird but 3 fretting fingers is actually enough to play most stuff! A friend of mine from a Rock band cut of the tip of his ring finger and he is not able to use it for fretting for a month now - However he played 2 gigs already AND HE IS THE LEAD GUITARIST!

Just get your broken finger fixed in a position where it doesn't hit the fretboard and use your other three fingers! Except for some big chords and some runs there is not much that can not be played with an alternative fingering! All you have to do is get used to not using your ring finger for a while but that will only strengthen your other fingers, especially the pinky!


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post Jun 8 2010, 07:17 PM
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QUOTE (JCJXXL @ Jun 8 2010, 09:27 AM) *
I broke my finger yesterday. The ring finger on my fretting hand. Obviously I can't use it for 8 weeks but I've decided to continue with music theory (I really enjoy theory) and as far a playing goes power chords, drop D. Any other suggestions? Now may be a good time to focus in on pinky exercises... any suggestions?


Ask your doctor what is acceptible and what is not. I'm sure as time goes by, you'll be able to do more, but the initial healing phase (first week) is the time you want it to rest the most so don't do anything for at least that time - after that - let pain (and your doctor's orders) be the guide.

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post Jun 8 2010, 07:29 PM
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Play like Django Reinhardt!
He didn't had a pinky-, ring-, and middle finger!
But maybe it doesn't fit in in your choice of music. smile.gif
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post Jun 8 2010, 08:05 PM
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Great suggestions everyone. I appreciate everyone's input and will definitely take the advice to heart. Thanks again for the suggestions.
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post Jun 9 2010, 11:46 AM
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QUOTE (JCJXXL @ Jun 8 2010, 05:27 PM) *
I broke my finger yesterday. The ring finger on my fretting hand. Obviously I can't use it for 8 weeks but I've decided to continue with music theory (I really enjoy theory) and as far a playing goes power chords, drop D. Any other suggestions? Now may be a good time to focus in on pinky exercises... any suggestions?


Logically, let it rest for 8 weeks, in meantime focus on rest of the fingers, nothing is so dramatic, just practice.
Do you know that bodybuilder continue to exercise even if they injure arm or leg? Of course, not the injured part but rest of the body.


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post Jun 9 2010, 03:25 PM
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QUOTE (JCJXXL @ Jun 8 2010, 05:27 PM) *
I broke my finger yesterday. The ring finger on my fretting hand. Obviously I can't use it for 8 weeks but I've decided to continue with music theory (I really enjoy theory) and as far a playing goes power chords, drop D. Any other suggestions? Now may be a good time to focus in on pinky exercises... any suggestions?


just a note -when you get your cast off , make sure there is full mobility
The doctor might need to do some therapy if it does not have full movement
I tell you this because , I broke my arm and the doctor did not set it right, I then had to switch from right to left handed guitar
I would also stay away from any exercises on this hand
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post Jun 20 2010, 12:10 AM
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The following depends a lot on the location of the fracture. If the joint involved you are in bigger problem than if it isn't. Hopefully you've visited the hospital and got a cast or other fixation. An x-ray is mandatory since you depend so much on your fingers (as a guitarplayer)

It takes 6-8 weeks for a bony fracture to heal and during that time you should NOT play, definately not if you feel pain. After you've done a control x-ray and the fracture is healed you can start playing but "listen to the pain" (swedish expression, but i think you know what I mean). The muscles must have enough time to recover after the loss of strenght you've had during the immobility.

Like someone already have mentioned the two lateral fingers are connected by tendons so you cant really move one without effecting the other. But you should be able to do some slow fingerexcercies to keep up the flexibility and to reduce the swelling. Your local physical therapist/osteopath/chiro/whatever should be able to help.

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post Jun 28 2010, 06:24 PM
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nice funnie on this topic, heheh


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post Jul 1 2010, 05:44 PM
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As with other people in this thread, I highly recommend you let your hand heal. Work on music theory. This music theory site is really good: http://www.teoria.com/

It has some good exercises.

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post Jul 2 2010, 08:46 AM
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