Hey, all. Been a TB member for a while, and I'm relatively new to playing bass. To cut a long story short: In May I totaled a motorcycle (stupid rider error) and suffered tendon damage to the pinky of my fretting hand, in addition to 2 fractures, a very deep puncture wound, and loss of most of the skin on the pinky. I've lost most of the mobility of my left pinky. It flexes okay, but never returns to full extension (technically, I have a boutonnière deformity now), and getting it to flex and extend rapidly is impossible. I haven't touched a bass in almost 7 months now. I wasn't all that far into learning HOW to play, yet I feel the loss of the use of my pinky is....at least right now....insurmountable. So of course, that means I want to return to my former pursuit of learning to play the bass well. But here's the rub: Playing hurts. It makes my whole hand ache, my pinky can only produce the crappy buzz you get when not fretting hard enough, and the whole situation makes me grit my teeth and want to pull a Charles Mingus; but I love my basses too much....so I go pound the heavy bag for a while. My boxing skills are improving - some small consolation. But I digress. My question to you TBers is this: Are there any decent teaching methods for people who don't have complete use of their fretting hand? I've considered becoming a southpaw when playing, but this seems extreme to me. I've also considered some rather exotic instrument changes (2 string basses, etc.), but again, a little extreme. My personality is such that when I think I can't do something, I immediately MUST learn to do that thing, and do it well...but I'm also kind of a perfectionist. And I'm driving myself to distraction. Any suggestions would be really welcome. I know, I know.....psych meds, right? Thanks! Will Oh...and if you want to see gross pinky pictures, let me know. I got a few.