#1
Figured out with the doctor what's wrong with my finger. I have trigger finger and the tendon is slipping on my knuckle every time I move my fretting hand fingers, particularly the middle finger. To complicate matters, I have Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome - Type III, so surgery would not be worth it due to that.

This is keeping me from playing fluidly. I have started playing a wider stringed guitar and that helps, but my fingers are still locking up all the time. I have tried searching the forums and even Googling to see if others have tips on this and am having trouble getting info.

What should I do about the situation? Switch instruments to something other than a guitar? I hate to not play guitar, but this is causing problems and the doctor isn't able to do anything about it.

Thanks.
Last edited by microburst at Dec 13, 2012,
#2
Quote by microburst
Figured out with the doctor what's wrong with my finger. I have trigger finger and the tendon is slipping on my knuckle every time I move my fretting hand fingers, particularly the middle finger. To complicate matters, I have Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome - Type III, so surgery would not be worth it due to that.

This is keeping me from playing fluidly. I have started playing a wider stringed guitar and that helps, but my fingers are still locking up all the time. I have tried searching the forums and even Googling to see if others have tips on this and am having trouble getting info.

What should I do about the situation? Switch instruments to something other than a guitar? I hate to not play guitar, but this is causing problems and the doctor isn't able to do anything about it.

Thanks.


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#3
Play some sort of weird unique guitar style that you've invented, something that you are able to play comfortably. You'll probably get famous for it.

Or play bass?
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#4
If it's only one finger then there is no problem. Look at Christian Muenzner from Obscura. He frets now only with 3 fingers and is a ****ing shredder.
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#5
Quote by microburst
Figured out with the doctor what's wrong with my finger. I have trigger finger and the tendon is slipping on my knuckle every time I move my fretting hand fingers, particularly the middle finger. To complicate matters, I have Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome - Type III, so surgery would not be worth it due to that.

I hope this doesn't come off as patronizing, but have you talked to your doctor about how your injury relates to playing guitar? We're an internet forum, so anything we can offer will be dubious at best compared to a doctor's professional opinion.

If your doctor can't himself off advice, he might be able to point you to someone who specializes in physical therapy for that kind of injury. I don't know anything about your syndrome in particular, but if it's enough that you're already seeing a doctor for it, you might as slip a few questions about resources to improve how your injury relates to your guitar playing.
#6
Thanks everyone. Sorry for the late reply. I went ahead and placed an order for the gloves. They should arrive within the next 1-2 weeks. Someone above mentioned bass. I have an interest in learning bass as well as guitar. I've seen some bass covers and some songs are played just as fast as songs on the regular guitar. There are some bass solos that are amazing, so I am not so sure that playing bass would solve the problem. Thankfully, it is only in one finger, but it's painful after playing. I talked to the doctor and he also suggested the gloves that I purchased. I plan on sticking with regular electric guitar because that is what I have the most passion for. I am planning on getting a guitar teacher, so maybe that will help with tips and tricks.

But, back to the bass thing, am I missing something in that people with trigger finger have an easier time playing bass over electric guitar? Thanks.
#7
No, bass will give you problems too. Mine is in my thumb. I have tried to get myself to float around the neck as much as possible, but sometimes you have to squeeze. I will also tend to grip harder when learning a song, then less once I know the song. Not sure why but I watch myself at these times. I have found some relief by taking an Irwin Quick Grip clamp (the clamp itself is about 8" long and the clamp pads on it are about 1/2" x3/4") and clamp it down on the knot at the base of my thumb. Leave it on for a minute and then take it off for a minute. Repeat as much as you want. It helps loosen up the tightness built up. Another big help is wear a brace at work if your pushing or grabbing stuff. Just make sure you take it off some during the day and stretch your fingers( actually this is a good idea to make a habit of doing all the time) because being idle for to long isn't good either. Also, wrapping some tape around your finger while playing can help. Keep it low on your finger. This has helped me but is hasn't fixed it. I have heard of acupuncture working and this may be my next step. Hold off surgery as long as possible.
Last edited by mattedbird at Jul 3, 2015,