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pardon the one handed typing- i fractured my right wrist yesterday while ice skating with mt little girls. i went to the ER this mornig. the doc guessed it will take at least 6 weeks to get back to normal. tomorrow i hope to see a hand specialist. it looks like i'll have cancel december gigs/projects. too bad because i actually really enjoy playing christmas music. i'm just feeling very down... i was making good progress with jazz/blues walking bass, some dan coates arrangments. also i'm in the middle of recording my latin band which i hoped to finish next week.

 

while my right hand is healing i'll try to work on my left hand chops. also i need to improve my aural skills so i'll try transribing bass and chord progessions. of course i can spend more time on my vocals too. hopefully i can come out of this a little stronger.

 

anyone here gone through anything similar?

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Sorry to hear that! Hopefully you will make your left a monster in the meantime and won't lose anything when the right comes back.

 

I cut the fingertip on my LH middle finger a few years back and required stitches. I wasn't playing very much back then though. In fact, I was messing around with guitar that day so maybe it was a hint that I should get back to my primary axe. :)

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Very sorry to hear it!

 

I suffered a tendon injury in my right wrist two years ago. As with you, I had to give my right hand a couple months rest, and even after that it was a slow recuperation.

 

But healing does happen. Don't get discouraged. :) Take it easy and don't re-injure yourself (as I did several times). And do whatever physical therapy exercises the doc prescribes!

 

And the opportunity to concentrate on your left hand for a few months is never entirely a bad thing.

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Sorry to hear that news - especially at a time of year when you were looking forward to your music.

 

I fractured my right wrist playing football (soccer) about 20 years ago.

 

After having the plaster-cast on for a few days, I went back to the hospital & asked them

 

to trim the cast so I could have more movement in my fingers.

 

Of course you'd have to ask your Doctor about this, 'cos you don't want to do any more damage,

 

but I'm sure being able to exercise my fingers cut the recovery time.

 

 

Good luck.

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I had the tip of my left middle finger crushed between an amplifier and a subwoofer loading out of a gig at the beginning of summer and it split the bone in the fingertip and also smashed the nail and surrounding tissue.

 

It was cleaned and splinted and I was told NO use for 10-12 weeks to assure that the bone healed properly. I cancelled my entire summer (save for one desperate plea to play a large festival gig with a good friend, which I did with only my right hand). There was no way I could contemplate playing with my jazz trio or quartet, particularly with some of the aggressive LH comping I do on some tunes.

 

It was difficult NOT to want to play, especially after most of the pain and swelling went away, but it was critical to healing that I not touch a keyboard, as the impact from even light playing would have caused further damage.

 

It took every bit of 10 weeks to heel, lost the fingernail, but there was NO lingering effects and only took a little work to build my left hand back up.

 

I did lots of transcribing, writing and went back to some ear training and interval exercises during this time, to keep musically active.

 

Sorry to hear about your accident!

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Sorry to hear about your injury, Montunoman. I was once injured/disabled for 5 years, which was more a life-changer than slight delay, so at least yours is a short duration thing. Like Tony said, maybe you'll heal up even faster, you never know.

 

I'd love to hear your latin band recording when it comes out. Keep me/us posted!

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thanks guys, it sounds like some of you have gone through something similar or even worse... geekgurl, i can't imagin 5 years

 

just got back from the hand specialist. turns out the wrist is broken. he thinks i should lay off drumming for 2-3 months and keys for at least 1 month. i'm very down...

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I'm sitting here with the nail on the fourth finger of my right hand about 50% black. Jammed it moving a desk a couple of weeks ago. Doesn't hurt nor affect my playing, it's just ugly as hell. My teenage daughter suggested that I paint all of my nails black and go with the Goth look......

 

Like others have suggested, I would encourage you to frame this as an opportunity to focus on other aspects of your musicianship/career....perhaps some things that historically you have not made a lot of time for, or things you need to catch up on. Hang in there montunoman, we're here for you!

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montunman, i would encourage you to use this time to learn some software or (or hardware) at a deeper level or to write. Since you can't play, make the best of it. You may be inspired to write some good stuff during this season of your life. Best to you.

PS I did have my fingers mashed in the van door once by one of my children. Nothing broken, just took several weeks to heal. I, like you, was deeply concerned and down, but it did heal in time. It WILL get better.

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I remember this thread from a while back....

 

https://forums.musicplayer.com/ubbthreads.php/topics/2109219/1

 

This was over a year ago and I still have pain, but I can play everything I could before.

 

Since that time, our Guitar player broke his left index finger. He played rhythm with his other fingers and we had a sub for lead for a few weeks. He's in the same boat - in pain but he can play normally now.

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I remember I was having pains in my hands last year working in the mail room. It was repetitive strain come to find out. I doctor that we work with here said a lot of times it is latic acid build up.

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thanks guys, it sounds like some of you have gone through something similar or even worse... geekgurl, i can't imagin 5 years

 

just got back from the hand specialist. turns out the wrist is broken. he thinks i should lay off drumming for 2-3 months and keys for at least 1 month. i'm very down...

 

:( I'm sorry to hear, Montunoman! Yes 5 years sucked, but look at it this way, I'm back playing full force! You won't have to wait that long. You can work on singing, arranging, other aspects of musicianship. That's what I did ... my hiatus didn't mean I wasn't involved with music. I wrote songs, heard arrangements in my head, then every 3 days or so I'd record like 2 tracks ... I was only allowed 2 or 3 takes of each (if playing) one before pain was unbearable. Then I would be limited in arm movement for like 3 days after that. It sucked ... But it made me a better musician. That's really what moved me from being a "jammer" to really hearing parts. I got better at singing laying down all those lead and harmony tracks, got back to playing bass guitar first because it was less painful, then regained being able to hold my forearms straight out so I can play keys ... it was a slow process.

 

Of course I was young, in my mid 20s so not as mature musically to begin with. I don't know where you are in life and may not need that "ear training" now, but still there may be value in pursuing music in a different way, ie, having to step back from the playing for a while. Hopefully it will be a brief while.

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Sorry to hear about your hand injury... one of the worst nightmare for any musician.

 

In 2009, I went through a bad bout of tendinitis that really affected my left hand. Since I'm primarily a guitarist, this meant I couldn't put enough pressure on the fretboard to play at all. It was very scary, and was indeed a complete bummer, so I understand the feeling.

 

In my case, it was only ten days rest and some anti-inflammatories, and I was as good as new. But even those ten days were difficult. I generally play at least for short periods every single day without fail, and each time I'd walk past the guitar or keyboard, I'd have to stop myself from reaching out to hit a few chords. But do keep in mind that by giving your hand a rest now, you're preventing worse damage from happening that could derail you for a much longer time frame. Let it heal properly, and soon enough it'll be like it never happened.

 

Meanwhile, work on those left hand boogie-woogie chops, and you'll be even better than before when the wrist heals. :)

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