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A couple of weeks ago me and 7 of my friends went down to the beach for a few days just to get away from our parents and everything. 2 of us played guitar, 1 of us played bass. It was me and my friend, nick, who played guitar. Nick was much better than me and could do some pretty amazing Sh-t with a guitar. He was my best friend and my mentor.

When we got to the beach we just hung around for a while but eventually went for a swim. We were in the water for 25mins when my other friend, daniel, said "hey lets go out to the rocky point up the beach for a bit." So we went and stayed up there for a while. We were about to get out and go back to the house when nick belted out a scream of pain. I turned around and saw blood in the water around where he was swimming. I dived in and pulled him to the edge to the water and tried to find the problem. I checked his face, nothing. I checked his torso, nothing. Then i noticed, his entire index finger was missing and his other fingers are pretty badly messed up. We called an ambulance and they took him to hospital. It turns out he got bitten by and eel.

Today he told me that the tendon on hid middle finger had been broken in 2 places and there was no way they could fix his index finger.

He can never play guitar again.
#4
Yeah, I know a guy that got a cut along his middle finger, and the nerve never healed.

Other suggestion would be to learn with the other hand, would be like starting guitar again though.
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A couple of weeks ago me and 7 of my friends went down to the beach for a few days just to get away from our parents and everything. 2 of us played guitar, 1 of us played bass. It was me and my friend, nick, who played guitar. Nick was much better than me and could do some pretty amazing Sh-t with a guitar. He was my best friend and my mentor.

When we got to the beach we just hung around for a while but eventually went for a swim. We were in the water for 25mins when my other friend, daniel, said "hey lets go out to the rocky point up the beach for a bit." So we went and stayed up there for a while. We were about to get out and go back to the house when nick belted out a scream of pain. I turned around and saw blood in the water around where he was swimming. I dived in and pulled him to the edge to the water and tried to find the problem. I checked his face, nothing. I checked his torso, nothing. Then i noticed, his entire index finger was missing and his other fingers are pretty badly messed up. We called an ambulance and they took him to hospital. It turns out he got bitten by and eel.

Today he told me that the tendon on hid middle finger had been broken in 2 places and there was no way they could fix his index finger.

He can never play guitar again.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=33LJ36nAozM

Tell him to do this instead.

But seriously, that sucks, broseph.
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#6
Maybe he can get his finger replaced by a robot finger like on star wars
hope everything goes well
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#7
I have to admit that story is pretty depressing but like the other guy said there is always drums.
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#8
well if his middle finger heals he could always pull a tony iommi. he can only use his little finger and his index.

but that completely sucks balls anyway.
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#9
From which hand did he lose the finger?

If it was his picking hand he could possibly learn to pick with his middle finger and thumb, if it was his other then he could still just play with just 3 fingers. It obviusly sucks what happened but he's probably not completely finished, It will just take a lot of effort to get back into it.
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#11
so you saw blood in the water, and just jumped in?! you didnt even make sure it was safe?! cool.
#15
He could play like Django.

But seriously, sorry to hear it.
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#16
django reinhardt?

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and teach him to do this:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rh8nMKACy5I
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He could be like Tommy Iommi?
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#18
Someone should post this in the "You cry you lose" thread.

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#21
that's really sad man. i feel for him, he can't do what he's passionate about. being completely serious, either tell him left hand guitar or drums. at least he'll still have music, even if he has to start all over.
#22
Wait, so what actually caused this to happen to his hand?

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#24
nooooooooooooooooo


tell him to get like a fingercap or something
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that's really sad man. i feel for him, he can't do what he's passionate about. being completely serious, either tell him left hand guitar or drums. at least he'll still have music, even if he has to start all over.

or switch instrument to some other like a wind instrument.. you could play trumpet without an index finger on your left hand.

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#26
how exactly did he lose his finger?
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#27
Tony Iommi? Seriously though, that sucks. One badass eel though, do you live in Australia by any chance?

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#29
Or rather your friend learned how robust the mandibles of an eel are.


That's a horrible story, I honestly don't know what I would do if I were in that situation. I agree that he should try to play left handed, difficult as it may be to coordinate his left hand to fret.
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Maybe he can get his finger replaced by a robot finger like on star wars
hope everything goes well


We have the technology.

oh and Django Reinhardt ringing any bells?
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ya i think Tommy has fingercaps on his frethand, a few of the finger tips got cut off long ago.


Tony.

That sounds terrible, but there are many instances of injured guitar players being able to still play. Django Reinhardt's situation seems to be the most similar to your friends. He only played with two fingers. Your friend could also try playing keyboard. One handed stuff with simple accompaniment. I'm not trying to make light of the situation, I'm just saying it's not all lost, even if things really suck.
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#32
Try to talk with him, don't let that accident puts him away from music.
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#33
Chris Poland had a pretty bad injury to his fretting hand when he was in high school, and his index finger is permanently stuck in a "garden hoe" position, but look at what he can do.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pgrACYkXFqY

There's a bit of his work.

My condolences to your friend though What I'm trying to say though, is that if he really loves playing, I'm sure he'll be able to find a way to play!
#34
That really, really sucks

Hopefully he can adapt to play again, or he could take up another instrument like keyboards.
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#36
he will play again.

don't worry

there's lots of guitarists with less than a full hand of fingers that go on to do great stuff.
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well if his middle finger heals he could always pull a tony iommi. he can only use his little finger and his index.

but that completely sucks balls anyway.

Umm...Tony can play with all his fingers.
He only lost the tips.
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#38
brutal i feel really sorry for him. Ive always been super sketched about them sea creatures like sting rays and **** *shivers*
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#39
hmm, if he cares enough he can try any of the answers already posted, or if he truly honestly cares enough, he could learn lefty. it would be a B!TCH but it seems possible off the top of my head
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