Go Back   UG Community @ Ultimate-Guitar.Com > Instruments > Acoustic & Classical Guitar
User Name  
Password
Search:

Reply
Old 01-31-2013, 09:03 PM   #1
stepchildusmc
Registered User
 
stepchildusmc's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2011
idle hands are the devil's playground

so here i am with my middle and third fingers broken on my right hand. strumming and fingerpicking are out of the question for a while.
i know there's no substitute for "trigger-time" but is there anything i can do until i can play again? short of reading a whole bunch of stuff that makes no sense to me withoout the immediate application. any help would be appreciated, even though i can't play at the moment, i don't want to get too far away from playing.
stepchildusmc is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-31-2013, 11:20 PM   #2
Funk Monk
Shutup N' Play Yer Guitar
 
Funk Monk's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2009
play with your thumb.
__________________
Funk Monk is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-31-2013, 11:52 PM   #3
stepchildusmc
Registered User
 
stepchildusmc's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2011
tried, thumb hasnt had a usablejoint in years. cant move my hand in a strumming motion. cant hold a pick, index is taped to middle, pinky to 3rd. i can finally do Spock's "live long and prosper" salute though...thats a plus !
stepchildusmc is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-01-2013, 12:27 AM   #4
dannyalcatraz
Registered User
 
dannyalcatraz's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2008
Use the brace on your fingers to make slide-like sounds? Practice hammer ons and pull offs?

Actually, since your left is still functional, you could still learn & practice new/difficult chords...essentially hammering them on.






And when you have your right hand back, use those new chords to write a song, "Idle hands are the devil's playground" perhaps?
__________________
Sturgeon's 2nd Law, a.k.a. Sturgeon's Revelation: “Ninety percent of everything is crap.”

Why, yes, I am a lawyer- thanks for asking!

Last edited by dannyalcatraz : 02-01-2013 at 12:29 AM.
dannyalcatraz is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 02-01-2013, 01:02 AM   #5
stepchildusmc
Registered User
 
stepchildusmc's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2011
hmm...slam my broken fingers against my guitar...i'll get back to you on that. its bad enough that i cant masterbate...err i mean.. make omelets.. and now i have to be nice the the "blonde".
catchy tune. tricky to get a good rhythm for though. i'll work on it.
stepchildusmc is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-01-2013, 01:10 AM   #6
dannyalcatraz
Registered User
 
dannyalcatraz's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2008
Not slam...rub...and that, if and only if you have one of those metal braces on the fingers.

I got some almost synthesizer type sounds out of rhythmically rubbing a stone pick along the strings. Ditto a slide.
__________________
Sturgeon's 2nd Law, a.k.a. Sturgeon's Revelation: “Ninety percent of everything is crap.”

Why, yes, I am a lawyer- thanks for asking!

Last edited by dannyalcatraz : 02-01-2013 at 01:40 AM.
dannyalcatraz is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 02-01-2013, 02:14 AM   #7
Prescott_Player
Registered User
 
Join Date: Jul 2012
Search around for songs that you might like to learn, after you recover... you can listen to a lot of stuff on You Tube, and it's enjoyable and should help to pass the time.

Sorry to hear about your injury.

Jean
Prescott_Player is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-01-2013, 11:29 AM   #8
patticake
Acoustic Goddess
 
patticake's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: Right under the Hollywood sign
wow, really sorry to hear that. why not start off by watching a bunch of the trailers over at http://www.homespuntapes.com/ ? lots of partial lessons there, or you could always buy a couple of the DVDs. i also like to watch youtube videos about guitar manufacturers and luthiers to keep me in the loop when i can't play.

you could also get an inexpensive lap harp or a keyboard and practice playing one-handed. i did that when i had problems with one hand, and it did keep me playing.

best wishes for a fast recovery!
__________________
Quote:
Originally Posted by Skeet UK
I just looked in my Oxford English Dictionary and under "Acoustic Guitar", there was your Avatar and an email address!
patticake is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-01-2013, 12:33 PM   #9
stepchildusmc
Registered User
 
stepchildusmc's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2011
the nanomag pickup on my epi les paul ultra III gives a reasonable acoustic sound and is easier to play as i only have to basically just touch the strings. previously looped backtracks on my laptop and my thumb are passable for a bit but the up and down motion makes my hand throb after a short time. i think i'll work on patti's suggestion for a bit.
stepchildusmc is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-01-2013, 03:48 PM   #10
tuxs
Registered User
 
Join Date: Oct 2003
Location: Northland, NewZealand.
Thumbs up

Just go buy yourself a tin whistle. Here I'll give you a hand. Cheers

Last edited by tuxs : 02-01-2013 at 03:51 PM.
tuxs is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-01-2013, 04:42 PM   #11
patticake
Acoustic Goddess
 
patticake's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: Right under the Hollywood sign
you could also practice on stuff you don't know using only your fretting hand.
__________________
Quote:
Originally Posted by Skeet UK
I just looked in my Oxford English Dictionary and under "Acoustic Guitar", there was your Avatar and an email address!
patticake is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-02-2013, 02:22 AM   #12
Captaincranky
Registered User
 
Join Date: Sep 2011
Quote:
Originally Posted by stepchildusmc
....[ ].....its bad enough that i cant masterbate...err i mean.. make omelets.. and now i have to be nice the the "blonde".
catchy tune. tricky to get a good rhythm for though. i'll work on it.
Well, I don't know if I could "make an omelet" if I broke my left hand, but I'd be willing to "give it a shot" with my right, so to speak.....
Captaincranky is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-02-2013, 10:22 AM   #13
stepchildusmc
Registered User
 
stepchildusmc's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2011
that one cranky, i opened up for so much fun but, you are the only one brave enough to jump in and "gimme a hand"!
stepchildusmc is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-02-2013, 08:16 PM   #14
ghobby
Registered User
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
You could do what this guy does.

ghobby is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-02-2013, 08:42 PM   #15
Captaincranky
Registered User
 
Join Date: Sep 2011
Quote:
Originally Posted by stepchildusmc
that one cranky, i opened up for so much fun but, you are the only one brave enough to jump in and "gimme a hand"!
I prefer not to think of the whole issue in euphemisms such as "omelet", or, "lending a hand". But, I rather think of it in more patriotic terms. If you can't help a little fallen soldier back up to stand proudly at attention and salute once again, any way you can, then you're just not doing your best.....

And who knows, he just might make you an omelet in return, out of sense of duty, and gratitude....

Last edited by Captaincranky : 02-02-2013 at 08:48 PM.
Captaincranky is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-02-2013, 09:19 PM   #16
dannyalcatraz
Registered User
 
dannyalcatraz's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2008
Quote:
But, I rather think of it in more patriotic terms.


(Etc.)

Of all the euphemisms I know for that, the one I utter the most is "roughing up the suspect- and his two known associates- until they spill their guts."
__________________
Sturgeon's 2nd Law, a.k.a. Sturgeon's Revelation: “Ninety percent of everything is crap.”

Why, yes, I am a lawyer- thanks for asking!

Last edited by dannyalcatraz : 02-02-2013 at 11:02 PM.
dannyalcatraz is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 02-03-2013, 03:41 AM   #17
Captaincranky
Registered User
 
Join Date: Sep 2011
Quote:
Originally Posted by dannyalcatraz
Of all the euphemisms I know for that, the one I utter the most is "roughing up the suspect- and his two known associates- until they spill their guts."
Clever indeed.....

But, I fear that it takes an activity which is both noble and celebratory, and reduces it to a common, vulgar, and tawdry, civil rights violation........

Last edited by Captaincranky : 02-03-2013 at 03:45 AM.
Captaincranky is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-03-2013, 04:00 AM   #18
dannyalcatraz
Registered User
 
dannyalcatraz's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2008
What can I say? I'm Catholic- its supposed to feel wrong!
__________________
Sturgeon's 2nd Law, a.k.a. Sturgeon's Revelation: “Ninety percent of everything is crap.”

Why, yes, I am a lawyer- thanks for asking!
dannyalcatraz is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 02-03-2013, 04:23 AM   #19
Captaincranky
Registered User
 
Join Date: Sep 2011
Quote:
Originally Posted by dannyalcatraz
What can I say? I'm Catholic- its supposed to feel wrong!
Perhaps, but a good Catholic boy would also both take solace in, and embrace the fact, that admission absolves guilt.

Either that, or possibly the conquistadores, slew thousands of Aztecs while spreading the word of, "El Salvadore", due to the fact they were sexually repressed....

Perhaps one, (or both), of you is simply wearing the wrong hat:

Besides, what it's supposed to do is make you go blind, and we both know that's not gonna happen.
Captaincranky is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-03-2013, 04:56 AM   #20
dannyalcatraz
Registered User
 
dannyalcatraz's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2008
Quote:
Originally Posted by Captaincranky
Perhaps, but a good Catholic boy would also both take solace in, and embrace the fact, that admission absolves guilt.

<snip>

Besides, what it's supposed to do is make you go blind, and we both know that's not gonna happen.

1) you have to be genuinely contrite to receive absolution

2) my eyes are VERY bad

3) one euphemism I learned in Catholic HS was "beating the Bishop"...
__________________
Sturgeon's 2nd Law, a.k.a. Sturgeon's Revelation: “Ninety percent of everything is crap.”

Why, yes, I am a lawyer- thanks for asking!
dannyalcatraz is online now   Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools Rate This Thread
Rate This Thread:

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

vB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Forum Jump



All times are GMT -4. The time now is 05:12 PM.

Forum Archives / About / Terms of Use / Advertise / Contact / Ultimate-Guitar.Com © 2014
Powered by: vBulletin Version 3.0.9
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.