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  • I cut the tip of my left ring finger half off

    Posted by [email protected] on December 7, 2021 at 9:32 am

    the day before Thanksgiving I was cooking, and in my frenzy accidentally cut my finger deeply. I didn’t get stitches (because I’m stubborn like that) and its healing nicely, but I can’t put any pressure on it yet. Any advice on how to continue without my fretting hand ring finger, and how should I ease it back in once I can put some pressure on it. Thanks in advance

    jumpinjeff replied 2 years, 4 months ago 7 Members · 15 Replies
  • 15 Replies
  • Marty73

    Member
    December 7, 2021 at 11:17 am

    Wow! Sorry to hear about what happen! Ouch! Only advice I can offer is, it’s going to take time. It will get there… don’t push it.😖🧙‍♂️😎

  • Loraine

    Member
    December 7, 2021 at 11:36 am

    Omg, how horrible Linda! Glad it’s healing, but it must have been awfully deep if you still can’t put pressure on it. I agree with @Marty69 just patience and time. You could try scales skipping that finger.

  • jumpinjeff

    Member
    December 7, 2021 at 12:07 pm

    Hi @[email protected] , sorry to hear about your finger. Where are you in your guitar journey. Lots can still be done without the ring finger but recommendations greatly depend on where you are in your journey. Hope it heals fast without too much discomfort!

    • [email protected]

      Member
      December 7, 2021 at 1:12 pm

      Thanks Jjeff, I am a beginner in this program. I started in October and finished the 30 day challenge. Before that I am mostly self taught, so I know all the major cords and that’s about it.

      • jumpinjeff

        Member
        December 7, 2021 at 2:50 pm

        Very nice, Have you introduce yourself to the concept of scales yet? And if no yeah! with no ring finger to use, the Am/ Cmaj pentatonic scale would be an excellent place to start. The open position scale allows you to utilize the open notes while engaging your index finger and middle fingers exclusively. Also if you are working on songs you can play any GCD chord song by using your index and middle fingers for the top half of the G chord (triad meaning three notes) drop down a set of strings and you have the top half of C chord (triad). To make the D chord bar the three highest pitch strings (GBE strings) with your index of fret 2 and put your middle on the B string fret 3. Lemme know if that makes sense to you. Best of all your ring finger gets to rest.

      • [email protected]

        Member
        December 8, 2021 at 9:43 am

        Thank you so much, this is very helpful! I just didn’t know what to do and this is a great direction and challenge. Really appreciate the help

        🙂

      • jumpinjeff

        Member
        December 8, 2021 at 10:30 am

        @[email protected] , hopefully you caught today’s improve lesson? I you look, the first six string ascent does not use the ring finger at all…really good news right. Tony goes up the fretboard to do the second part but you could go down the fretboard and utilize the open strings and not need your ring finger at all. The C pentatonic utilizing open strings is super friendly to Index and Middle finger execution.

  • Carol-3M-Stillhand

    Member
    December 7, 2021 at 7:08 pm

    Oooh sorry about your fretting finger fruckas, @Linda G!! I hope you heal up quick!!

    One thing to consider while you have one fretless finger, is to try some open tunings out. This way you can still give your picking hand a nice workout and with open tuning you have much less fretting (if any) needed at all.

    Feel better soon!!

    • [email protected]

      Member
      December 8, 2021 at 9:46 am

      thanks Carol. (I’ll Google open tunings)

  • Cadgirl

    Member
    December 8, 2021 at 5:26 am

    @Linda G, STOP COOKING, stop immediately !! But, since you already did hurt yourself… I can only suggest to give your finger a bit of a rest. It’s going to take a while to get that finger healed up to use properly. Do you think you could take a little time off from fretting and learn a little slide guitar? That way you are still going to be using your picking hand and you’ll still be using your ear to sound songs out. By the way….. Who is cooking for Christmas? 🙂

    • [email protected]

      Member
      December 8, 2021 at 9:49 am

      hahaha, I like your style. If only life would pause for a minute. I love your slide guitar suggestion thank you.

      Maybe I should ask my guests who will cook for Christmas… hahaha (maybe not)

      • This reply was modified 2 years, 4 months ago by  Linda G.

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