#1
On dec the 15th I was in a bad car accident. I was knocked unconscious for several hours, forgot the entire accident as well as the events leading up to it. Evidently I was going over the hill and hit the back of a semi truck at ~45mph, flipped the car, wasn't wearing my seatbelt so I flew out of the car and a 3300+ pound volvo station wagon landed directly on top of me. when I got in the hospital I had two collapsed lungs(pneumothorax) and wasn't breathing.

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Well, I finally got out christmas day around 10pm. The next morning, I awoke and tried to play guitar to discover I wasnt half as good as I used to be. I wasn't the best guitarist, but I could hold a tune and come up with a melody and a riff pretty quick. Now, I can barely do anything on the guitar.
This was actually mere hours before the accident(keep in mind this was my first time being recorded and I was a bit nervous)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mLKDaxz2jKs

I can still tell you the scales, how they fit together, but it just doesn't seem to be clicking as well as it used to be. I normally relied on playing by ear but when I try and play it's all a jumbled mess.

Any idea where to begin?
#2
Congrats on surviving.

It'll just take practice to get better at guitar. If you don't play at all for a week or two, then when you pick it up again you can feel crap. Just get back into playing regularly.
#3
Whoa! That must've sucked. Sorry to hear of it.


As for the guitar playing, just take your time and I think you'll get back to where ya were.
#4
it'll come back pretty soon

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#5
trust me when i say this. you will return to where u were. what you need to understand is that alot of instrumental playing is focused around muscle memory. your accident probably messed the earff out of your head. it'll take time, and it will be furstrating, but you should return to at least the general area of where you once were. you are incredibly lucky that you didnt severly injure one of your limbs, or even die. just...keep your head up.
#6
Wow. Well, I'm glad to hear that you are ok.

Well, 11 days off is enough to be rusty, and that's without massive trauma. Just play a little bit each day, try to not place any expectations on yourself about how good you should be playing, and hopefully everything should round back into shape.

Good luck, man.
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Just relax, it will come back. You don't have brain damage or anything do you?


No brain damage luckily.

What exercises do you guys normally do to get back in the groove?

I mean I've walked away for a while and been a little rust before, but it normally came back and I wasn't THIS bad. It's like I haven't touched it in a year.
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#10
look at it as an opportunity to learn things better this time around.

I know how it feels to have head trama and not be able to remember things and what not (I wrecked my dirtbike a two years ago and still have trouble remembering things.) It will get better though. Dont worry about the memories and skills that you don't have, just look toward the future and learning anything you lost agian.

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#11
that really really sucks man. glad you survived though just relax and try to take things one step at a time.
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#12
Your survived so who cares.Muscle memory also is an important factor in playing and trauma followed by 11 days of not playing would do it for ya. It will come back eventually. A friend of mine was a great snowboarder but after a fall off a ladder had to relearn how to snowboard.
#13
I would imagine being in such a serious accident would affect your daily activities, let alone you guitar playing. I dislocated my shoulder in August didn't regain complete control of three of my fingers for two months. And that's just with a dislocated shoulder. Imagine if I had been in such a terrible accident. *knock on wood* You'll be fine, and I'm glad you're OK. Go easy on yourself (YOU WERE IN A CAR ACCIDENT FOR CRYING OUT LOUD) and take this opportunity to learn new and better things than you had before. Best of luck, man!
#14
Re learn the things you need to know, and if you're having problems physically, then I'd suggest talking to your doctor, since he might be able to put you in physio or something.
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#15
You crested a hill and hit the back of a semi-truck and flipped your (what looks like it could been a) Nissan Stagea? R33 series RB25det hey...no seatbelt hey? didn't mention any weather conditions, animals or other aggravating factors...

i'm a car enthusiast, who used to take my jap 180sx on several mountain runs a week (not cruises mind u), drift etc... Was into this scene for yrs and seen plenty of cars, passions and lives wiped out because of such carelessness.

Because this is a guitar forum and no one else is going to say it - I REALLY hope you learned your lesson about driving like a tool... and not wearing a seatbelt. I'm sorry to see you accident has cost you so much, but be thankful you are not dead and did not kill anyone else. What you did was plain stupid and irresponsible, simple as that. But you're young and inexperienced, so learn from it and move onto better things.

As for the guitar - you're lucky you can even walk and breathe... give it some time.. as the others said I think it will most likely come back.
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You crested a hill and hit the back of a semi-truck and flipped your (what looks like it could been a) Nissan Stagea? R33 series RB25det hey...no seatbelt hey? didn't mention any weather conditions, animals or other aggravating factors...

i'm a car enthusiast, who used to take my jap 180sx on several mountain runs a week (not cruises mind u), drift etc... Was into this scene for yrs and seen plenty of cars, passions and lives wiped out because of such carelessness.

Because this is a guitar forum and no one else is going to say it - I REALLY hope you learned your lesson about driving like a tool... and not wearing a seatbelt. I'm sorry to see you accident has cost you so much, but be thankful you are not dead and did not kill anyone else. What you did was plain stupid and irresponsible, simple as that. But you're young and inexperienced, so learn from it and move onto better things.

As for the guitar - you're lucky you can even walk and breathe... give it some time.. as the others said I think it will most likely come back.


There is more to it than that, but I felt it was beyond the scope of this thread and didnt feel I needed to really go into it. I am tired of telling the story, it is very, very long and detail intensive. Also, evidently you didn't read the thread anyway, it not only doesn't look anything like a nissan, but I said a "volvo station wagon" right in the brief synopses.
#17
My apologies, I shouldn't have jumped the gun like that. I thought it was similar to a number of scenarios i've seen before on performance car forums etc...and I actually thought the volvo station wagon was the other dark blue car in the pictures. Either way, I can't say I know exactly what happened, so for the most part I take it back.

What I neglected to say, that i should have, is that I hope you recover well, don't suffer anything too lasting from this, and that you get your guitar skills back and then some.
#18
funny, no ones asked the question

are you on pain meds?

i would venture a guess and say that yes you are. they wouldn't be the only deciding factor in it, but drugs can dull your senses and can be terrible for your reaction time as well as other things. like everyone else said, give it time and you should pop right back.
#19
Geez... thank goodness it wasn't as bad as it easily could have been. You're lucky to be alive, but you know that.

I think that keeping at it will help things to come back as you continue your recovery. Good point about meds too.

I think the best thing to do is to talk to your doctor. Sometimes, things like brain damage (if not profound) can be overlooked until you start to try to engage in some everyday tasks. Have they done any tests? The good news is that, even if there is brain damage, that you'll probably still be able to re-learn stuff.

Either way, you doc will be able to tell you the whats, whens and hows of what to expect throughout your recovery.

And for goodness sake.... I can't think of a good reason - or even a good excuse - not to wear a seatbelt. Surely, you'll never make that mistake again.

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What exercises do you guys normally do to get back in the groove?


I'll throw some chromatics into my warm-up part of my practice for the first few days or week after I get back to it. Since it's my coordination and timing that needs slapping around a bit when I haven't been playing for a while, something simple and mindless that works those skills like chromatics are good. For me, I'll give them 15 or 20 mins right after I've stretched right at the beginning of my practice.

z - good point about the pain meds.
#21
You need to focus on the basics - play slowly and cleanly. You don't want to keep trying to play as fast as you could before, or you may develop a sloppy technique or bad habits.

I'm no physician, but I think you should find relearning certain things will be a much faster process than learning them for the first time. With any luck you will pick it all up again quickly if you put the time and effort into it.

Good luck mate, I wish you a speedy recovery.
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On dec the 15th I was in a bad car accident. I was knocked unconscious for several hours, forgot the entire accident as well as the events leading up to it. Evidently I was going over the hill and hit the back of a semi truck at ~45mph, flipped the car, wasn't wearing my seatbelt so I flew out of the car and a 3300+ pound volvo station wagon landed directly on top of me. when I got in the hospital I had two collapsed lungs(pneumothorax) and wasn't breathing.

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This is the tube that goes in between my ribs to try and reinflate my lungs
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Well, I finally got out christmas day around 10pm. The next morning, I awoke and tried to play guitar to discover I wasnt half as good as I used to be. I wasn't the best guitarist, but I could hold a tune and come up with a melody and a riff pretty quick. Now, I can barely do anything on the guitar.
This was actually mere hours before the accident(keep in mind this was my first time being recorded and I was a bit nervous)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mLKDaxz2jKs

I can still tell you the scales, how they fit together, but it just doesn't seem to be clicking as well as it used to be. I normally relied on playing by ear but when I try and play it's all a jumbled mess.

Any idea where to begin?


+1 to all of the replies suggesting that you relax and not worry about it too much. It will likely come back to you as you recover and begin playing more again. Give it some time.
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#23
I'm glad you're still in one piece. Just keep calm and keep playing. Even if your playing has been affected by your injuries, you can more than make up for that with dedication and focus.
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funny, no ones asked the question

are you on pain meds?

i would venture a guess and say that yes you are. they wouldn't be the only deciding factor in it, but drugs can dull your senses and can be terrible for your reaction time as well as other things. like everyone else said, give it time and you should pop right back.


this. little white pills can be pretty powerful. tell your doctor immediately! loss of coordination may not be a known side effect. tell your doctor immediately! even if your meds aren't the problem, one more time for impact..tell your doctor! because he may need that info for potential head injuries that escaped diagnosis.

if not, its probably Lupus
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#26
woah fuck, best of luck to you. Don't worry about jumping back in the game too quick, just take some time and collect yourself, you will be back up to speed eventually. Definitely discuss it with your doctor though, this type of thing is a fundamental part of your recovery/rehabilitation. I would expect after a mess like that your guitar skills aren't the only things out of sorts. Keep us updated though, it's pretty interesting.


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