#1
After breaking my hand a year ago, I have been stuck using 0.08 guage guitar strings, and can't build up the strength to move up to 9's or 10's.

Have you got any advice as to what I could do, as the sounds from these strings is soo thin!

Thanks
#3
put a set of 9's on and your gonna have to build the dextarity of your hand back up slowly.

I know it sucks, but thats the only way. Have you tried one of thos hand strengtheners like a guitar store or sports store carries? That maybe a very good investment for you to make and they are pretty cheap.
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#4
Did you play 0.08 guage strings before you broke your hand as well?
#5
Keep the 8's on the high strings and replace the low E,A & D with 9s for now
#6
I cut the tip of my fretting middle finger off with a model plane propeller about 3 years ago. After healing, it never hurt so I didn't change string gauges. However, I played guitar less because it feels weird and totally numb. I can't articulate like I used to and I'm not as acurate. But I'm diving back into now and trying to think of ways to work through it.
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#7
i'll second the above suggestion of a hand excerciser spring thingy. i have used one in the past to build up my fretting hand, does a good job.
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#8
Why bother?
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#11
Quote by Mars Rover
I cut the tip of my fretting middle finger off with a model plane propeller about 3 years ago. After healing, it never hurt so I didn't change string gauges. However, I played guitar less because it feels weird and totally numb. I can't articulate like I used to and I'm not as acurate. But I'm diving back into now and trying to think of ways to work through it.


Many, many years ago, i nearly did this.
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#12
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After breaking my hand a year ago, I have been stuck using 0.08 guage guitar strings, and can't build up the strength to move up to 9's or 10's.

Have you got any advice as to what I could do, as the sounds from these strings is soo thin!

Thanks

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#13
How anyone can use 8s is beyond me. They feel like elastic to me.
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#14
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How anyone can use 8s is beyond me. They feel like elastic to me.
Billy Gibbons uses .07s. He uses 8s as his ''heavy gauage'' for open tuning and slide playing.

Anyhoo.

OP, turn the mids up on your amp. Bass too, if your guitar has quite a thin tone. Raise your pickups very slightly. If your amp has presence knob, roll that back by 10-15% of what it's at now. There, instant thicker tone and you can keep playing light strings.

Injury or otherwise, there is no reason to play strings heavier than you are naturally comfortable with. Playability should always, always come before tone, not that string gauge is the most important part of your tone anyway. Going up to .09s, okay. Put them on, give it a month or two and you'll have the strength back to play those properly. But if your hand has been screwed up so much you've had to go down to .08s then don't rush to get back up to .10s or beyond. It's just like any part of guitar practise; take things slow, don't proceed until you're 100% comfortable and never do anything which hinders your playing ability. Crap tone with good playing sounds a hell of a lot better than good tone and crap playing.
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#15
Put a set of 11’s on one of you guitars and use it to warm up with. A couple times a day just noodle around on it and play barre chord scales up and down the neck. After a month you’ll have built up a lot of finger strength.
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#18
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Note to self: Handle model airplanes with right hand only


The last time i did, i was hand launching and almost did a Van Gogh.
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And well yes, I'll enjoy the carpal tunnel and tendonitis, because trying to get one is clearly smarter than any word you have spoken thus far.
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The last time i did, i was hand launching and almost did a Van Gogh.


Yep. No fun at all. Fortunately, someone at the flying field always has a tube of CA (super glue). It was a hot day, I was bleeding, turning white and fading fast as two buddies super-glued my dangling fintertip back on. Shoulda gone to the doc for stitches - middle finger tip would probably look better. Right now, there's and indented scar around it and sort of a mushroom tip that kinda looks like a private part.
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#20
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Yep. No fun at all. Fortunately, someone at the flying field always has a tube of CA (super glue). It was a hot day, I was bleeding, turning white and fading fast as two buddies super-glued my dangling fintertip back on. Shoulda gone to the doc for stitches - middle finger tip would probably look better. Right now, there's and indented scar around it and sort of a mushroom tip that kinda looks like a private part.


It could've been worse.
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#21
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Right now, there's and indented scar around it and sort of a mushroom tip that kinda looks like a private part.


We didn't have to know that...........

So you glued the tip of your finger back on? And it stayed.....?
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#22
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So you glued the tip of your finger back on? And it stayed.....?


Of course it stayed on. Keep some CA in your medicine cabinet. It may come in handy. I showed the wound to a Doc sometime later who said that he could have possibly improved appearance a little, but I still would have lost all feeling. Said he sees the same type of damage all of time from kitchen knife accidents.

From wikipedia:
Some rock climbers use cyanoacrylate to repair damage to the skin on their fingertips. Similarly, stringed-instrument players can form protective finger caps (in addition to calluses) with cyanoacrylates.

Research has demonstrated the use of cyanoacrylate in wound closure as being safer and more functional than traditional suturing (stitches).The adhesive has demonstrated superior performance in the time required to close a wound, incidence of infection and final cosmetic appearance.
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#23
so you are saying i should superglue the tips of my fingers to build calluses?
#24
Quote by Ashe_Mc
so you are saying i should superglue the tips of my fingers to build calluses?


Not to 'build' per se, but to repair and maintain if you are tearing them up, usually due to stupidly large string gauges...

But a coating of CA can also help if you need just a bit more fingertip rigidity.

Try not to glue them together...
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#25
Hahaha, someone will end up trying this and gluing his fingers to his guitar... :P
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#26
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Hahaha, someone will end up trying this and gluing his fingers to his guitar... :P


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