#1
i'm in dire straits here

i was sanding down my girlfriends old chest of drawers and got a massive blister on the pad on the first finger of my left hand

this has burst and split the top layer of skin on the pad open

it is incredibly painfull to play and i have a gig on saturday

i'm already using cream and padded plasters and trying as best i can to re-learn the songs with different finger shapes

any advice would be much appreciated!
Last edited by CoffeeGuitar at Sep 13, 2009,
#2
I think your best bet would be to learn to play holding the pick with your thumb and middle finger like Van Halen does.
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#3
Quote by J.A.M
I think your best bet would be to learn to play holding the pick with your thumb and middle finger like Van Halen does.


Basically this. Just experiment with different ways of holding the pick, find one that you can get by with, and practice your ass off
#5
If it's still very painful your going to have to make do with a thin layer of padding to cushion it and avoid pain.

Try a plaster/band aid, and apply a small layer of bandage around the finger over the wound.

Sometimes pain can help tbh, sort of like an adrenaline rush.
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#6
superglue - i'm serious, its amazing at sealing open/cracked skin, probably not healthy but its not like you do it every day. I do it when i bite my finger nails back too far by accident so it hurts less when I play.
#7
agree pain cant definately be a rush but this the actual pad split open, think i will give the superglue a go if its still bad come thrusday/friday

will definately be bandaging it up but i cant put to much on or it wikll interfere with the other strings
#8
Quote by CoffeeGuitar
the problem is actually with my left hand/fretting handing


Aha OK then. What I would probably do in this situation is try and make some kind of Iommi-esque protection for my finger. I don't know how old you are, and this is a long shot, but if you're still at school and have a DT/Technology department, I'm sure your teacher would be able to help you make some kind of plastic cover for your finger, it'd be worth a try
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Aha OK then. What I would probably do in this situation is try and make some kind of Iommi-esque protection for my finger. I don't know how old you are, and this is a long shot, but if you're still at school and have a DT/Technology department, I'm sure your teacher would be able to help you make some kind of plastic cover for your finger, it'd be worth a try


i'm a second year uni student but i'm a bit of a handy man

the iommi thing is a cracking idea!
#10
Jesus christ just use a ****ing band aid.
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#11
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Jesus christ just use a ****ing band aid.


deary deary someones a bit touchy today arent we

the actual pad of the finger is split open, it'll take more than a bad aid to make it playable!
#12
"i was sanding down my girlfriend"
That's all i heard.
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#13
right, this is going to sound strange as hell but i have found an amazing soloution!

you will need some kind of pain relief gel (ibuleve or other)
a slice of ham
and some cling film

use a swab to put some ibuleve on the split to numb the pain
apply a smal square of ham onto the ibuleve
the ibuleve will act as an adhesive and the ham will be like a new layer of skin
then wrap in cling film
cling film works because since its only thing it doesn't interfere with the other strings

hey presto

a new finger pad is born
#14
What inspired you to use ham?
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What inspired you to use ham?


i tried making a crude iommi style cover using a lighter and the lid off a highlighter

the shaping went really well but the sound of the plastic on the string just didn't work

i realised i needed something the same texture as skin so i nicked my flatmates ham
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What inspired you to use ham?

The fact his mother and girlfriend are pigs.
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The fact his mother and girlfriend are pigs.


aww bless, is someone a little kranky? lets put you down for a nap
#18
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right, this is going to sound strange as hell but i have found an amazing soloution!

you will need some kind of pain relief gel (ibuleve or other)
a slice of ham
and some cling film

use a swab to put some ibuleve on the split to numb the pain
apply a smal square of ham onto the ibuleve
the ibuleve will act as an adhesive and the ham will be like a new layer of skin
then wrap in cling film
cling film works because since its only thing it doesn't interfere with the other strings

hey presto

a new finger pad is born


You are begging for infection and eventually gangrene. Whatthe****HAM?
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I just learn the formula, apply it to a key, and use said notes on fretboard. Why? Cuz I'm not a pussy.
#20
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You are begging for infection and eventually gangrene. Whatthe****HAM?

+1

TC, don't sweat it, if your finger has to be amputated they can replace it with a lemurs.

band-aid it ffs.
#21
Well, I won't go ass far to say we are in an Iommi situation jut yet! But, this has happened to me many times, not sanding, but similar nonetheless. The time when it was more dire, I sliced a kife across my fretting finger tips at work, and it hurt like hell to play. So i tried duct tape and trying different approaches, but honestly both did not work. It felt even more awkward playing, and i felt is sacrificed my tone/feeling (because tone does come from hands!). So i sucked it up and just played the show with sliced fingers. I just took it easy when i needed to, and avoided solos as much as possible.
I feel for you! But my advice is to actually try and deal with it and play the show as is solely for the purpose of retaining your tone and fretting feeling.
Hope it goes well!
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#22
Didn't SRV cut (small layers of) skin from other parts of his body and glue them onto his injured finger? Sounds horribly painful but if it's urgent...
#23
Yeah, he'd superglue his left hand fingers to his right forearm, let it dry and rip it off.
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#24
It's been said before, use superglue. I've heard it was originally developed to close wounds during a battle. Speaking from personal experience, I got a massive blister from playing bass on my picking hand, it popped and I could not hold a pick or fingerpick properly, and I had an audition for a school music program in a couple of days. Maybe an hour before the audition I put a bunch of glue on there to kind of form a protective layer and it worked like a charm.

If you have a really bad cut, still try to cover it with glue as it will act as primarily a sealant and also as another set of skin. It says on the packaging that the glue is an irritant but I personally did not experience any irritation, and I applied it directly to my skin! Apart from that, make sure you don't get stuck to something and don't put it in your mouth.
#25
Quote by CoffeeGuitar
got a massive blister on the pad on the first finger of my left hand
this has burst and split the top layer of skin on the pad open
it is incredibly painfull to play and i have a gig on saturday
You must have had blisters before, right? So you know the skin on your hands heals incredibly fast. I think you'll be fine by saturday night.
i'm already using cream and padded plasters
This is fine for the first day. But as soon as it's a bit less sore, keep your skin in contact with the air. Oxigen helps the healing proces. Later, take hot baths or do the dishes a couple of times. Hot water will soften your skin and force it to regrow faster too. Don't do that on saturday though.
and trying as best i can to re-learn the songs with different finger shapes
I would give your finger a rest. Could you get by without fretting for a while? Do you still need to practice heavily for the gig?

The one thing I am thinking is that your calluses might heal, and you'll have four sore fingers after the gig. Maybe you can stick a small piece of tape on the tops, or wear a tight-fitting chirurgical glove.

By the way, the first finger is called the index.
All the best.
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i have a gig on saturday
So, how was it? Did you survive? Did anyone notice?