Post by bluesbruce on Feb 25, 2014 20:28:23 GMT -6
Yeah, pretty rusty, but haven't lost it all... (like ridin' a bike?). Just for 10 minutes at a time, we'll see how the finger feels tomorrow. I'll try to ease back into it. Also got the new "Rhythm and Blues You Can Use" delivered yesterday. I'm pretty stoked about this!
Post by grampalerxst on Feb 26, 2014 11:40:28 GMT -6
Congrats, happy to hear the news. Last month I started back after a multi-year hiatus (not injury related). For me it wasn't quite like a bike. There's still things I could once do to a certain extent that I couldn't today, and other things that I can do better than ever after a couple months relearning things, so a mixed bag. Here's to hoping that whatever residual problems from the injury there are you'll be able to overcome them and excel in the future!
The note being played at this moment *is* the song
The injury was really stupid - slipped and fell off a boat last summer, sprained and tore cartilage in the DIP joint of my left index finger trying to catch myself - that's "distal interphalangeal joint", the farthest one toward the end of the finger. No surgery involved, it's just been swollen and sore for months - frustratingly slow to get better. It'll probably be permanently arthritic. My mom, who turns 80 this year, has badly arthritic hands, and I'm wondering if I'm destined to follow that same pathway...
If I can get back into some regular playing, I'll try to post some recordings. I had worked my way mostly thru BYCU and Blues Rhythms YCU. Maybe I'll try to work on either Jazzin' the Blues or the new book some.
The injury was really stupid - slipped and fell off a boat last summer, sprained and tore cartilage in the DIP joint of my left index finger trying to catch myself ....
That's why they call them accidents. These kind of things are never well thought out. I'm sure you'll heal just fine. A few years ago I smashed the tip of my left ring finger moving a refrigerator. It got caught between the fridge and the door jam. Lost the nail and it took a few months to heal. Things like this happen in an instance and piss you off, but it's part of living. If you never do anything you won't get hurt, but life then would be kind of boring.
I'm happy to hear that it wasn't more serious. Although, I'm sure it was pretty serious at the time and it certainly set you back a bit in your playing. I'm not trying to make light of it.
An "injury update" - so far finger holding up well. I've found, though, that my hands and forearms have lost some "guitar conditioning", and have had some cramps. This will pass as I (hopefully) get back in the habit of playing. Good to be back, going to work on making and posting a lesson recording.