Broke my hand dammit.

Discussion in 'Off Topic [BG]' started by Will Kelly, Jul 9, 2013.

  1. Will Kelly

    Will Kelly

    Mar 3, 2010
    Well, I had a heavy security door slammed on my hand today and broke a finger bone in the middle of my right hand.

    Im looking at 6 to 8 weeks of not being able to do my favorite thing in the world, which is play bass. Any advice from those that have been through this before?
  2. You could tap with your left hand?
  3. jaywa


    May 5, 2008
    Iowa City, IA
    Sue the guy who did it?

    Lost gig wages plus mental anguish... Seems like a case to me.
  4. Take it easy and let it heal for one.

    I was lucky not to break it, but I got my left hand fingers caught in a sliding door about a month ago. Ripped a chunk of skin(and a bit of flesh) off the bottom side of one finger and a gash right to the bone on top.

    Had it wrapped up like a sausage for a week and it took two weeks to heal to the point where I could play on it again, and even two weeks without drove me batty, so I can sympathize with the downtime you are facing.
  5. tastybasslines

    tastybasslines Inactive

    May 9, 2010
    Los Angeles, CA
    Look at the bright side, using your left hand instead will feel like a whole new woman.
  6. fhm555

    fhm555 So FOS my eyes are brown

    Feb 16, 2011
    I broke the bone in my hand behind my right index finger once. It hurt like YKW and the doc put my hand in a cast. I had to play about a week later and it felt much better so I soaked the cast off and played that weekend, then went back and got another cast that monday morning. The doctor was pissed and my hand was kinda swollen and tender around the area of the broken bone, but returned to normal pretty quick once another cast was put on.
  7. GKon

    GKon Supporting Member, Boom-Chicka-Boom

    Feb 17, 2013
    Albuquerque, NM
    Can you pluck with your thumb? Don't use to much pressure though, as to not irritate the break.
    How about using a pick?

    Maybe this experience will lead you to acquiring a new skill set? :)

    Just don't do anything t mess up the break that is healing!
  8. delta7fred


    Jul 3, 2007
    Study some theory, listen to (the bass in) a lot of different music styles.
  9. taphappy

    taphappy doot de doo

    Sep 28, 2007
    Tempe, Arizona
    Sorry to hear, man! Hope everything heals okay. Maybe it'll heal better, and you'll be called "Broken Fist" and people from all over the land will make great journeys to challenge your Broken Fist Technique, and you can develop a really awesome maniacal laugh and grow a cool evil mustache, and get a horde of minions that call you Master Fist and bring you stuff, like tea and dumplings.

    Er. That's all I got.
  10. MrLenny1


    Jan 17, 2009
    New England
    Hammer ons. Good Luck.
    Let it heal.
  11. Pacman

    Pacman Layin' Down Time Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 1, 2000
    Omaha, Nebraska
    Endorsing Artist: Roscoe Guitars, DR Strings, Aguilar Amplification
    Aren't you glad you won't lose any money, and you've got that health care?

    Sorry to hear it, brother. Try to take the time to relax.
  12. Monkey

    Monkey Supporting Member

    Mar 8, 2000
    Ohio, USA
    I'm sorry to hear about your injury. Eight weeks is a long time!

    I don't know if you gig or not, but if so, you could play keyboard temporarily. I sliced a tendon in my wrist about ten years ago and had three gigs the following week. They put my right arm in a cast with my hand bent back toward my body at 90 degrees. My bandmates borrowed a keyboard for me and I learned the bass parts to about 50 songs in three days. I don't play keys, so I kept a green piece of tape to indicate the key I was playing in. It worked fine and no one complained, although singing was difficult. Luckily, once I had surgery, I could play with my cast on, since the cut tendon ran to my little finger, which I don't use when plucking.

    Don't jeopardize your recovery by going back too soon.
  13. dsamudio


    Oct 22, 2007
    Fort Worth Texas
    Some advice from someone who servery broke his left wrist to the point that if it had not been treated correctly I would not be playing now.

    I am still recovering after working with a world renown hand and wrist surgeon.

    1. DO NOT try to use the bone for 6 weeks!!!
    It takes 6 weeks for the bone to heal and it is strongest at 8 weeks. That is a fact for every human.

    2. You will not lose your mental/physical ability to play the bass!
    It will take time for your muscles to recover, but they will recover after the splints and cast are removed.

    3. 6 weeks will pass quicker that you think.
    I am sure that you have gone more that 8 weeks without playing in the past. The difference this time is that you have no choice in the matter if you want to heal properly.

    I am sure my current situation and recovery would be better if another musician sat me down and gave me a good talking to about these three items.

    I do know how you feel, my wrist was broken on Christmas eve 2012.

    This will pass.

    I hope that your rehab flies by.

    If you have any questions, please PM me and I will respond.

  14. Had a car hood fall on my fretting hand back in 1978 shatter the pinky knuckle and broke the bone in half right behind the pinky it was so bad it was facing down like a triangle into the palm of my hand I was so freak out that I grabbed it and set it myself in fear. When I got to the hospital xray person said it looked like I chopped my hand in half with and axe I had the pinky in a foam and metal splint jammed against the hand bone moved out from my other fingers like you are reaching for the fifth fret my wrist was facing downward and in a cast. I went 12 weeks without touch the bass I was crazed. Never thought I would be able to fret with my pinky but after many painful attempts in came around good luck I feel for you!
  15. Blueszilla

    Blueszilla Bassist ordinaire

    Apr 2, 2003
    The Duke City
    Learn to sing, it's very valuable.
  16. You could try using a pick temporarily - thumb, and 1st finger only. Just a thought.
  17. SoComSurfing

    SoComSurfing Mercedes Benz Superdome. S 127. R 22. S 12-13.

    Feb 15, 2002
    Mobile, Al
    LISTEN TO THIS ADVICE!!! Proper treatment and conditioning in the recovery will go a LONG way.

    This. Even if the fingerstyle takes a bit longer to get back, you'll at least be able to play with a pic sooner rather than later.

    THIS was me a few years ago. It was well into the next autumn before I could fret anything again and nearly a year before I could really get back into playing anything. Some things even still cause me discomfort because of the way things healed, so DO NOT take the recovery process lightly.
  18. Webtroll

    Webtroll Rolling for initiative

    Apr 23, 2006
    Austin, TX
  19. hypapanuse

    hypapanuse Inactive

    Apr 2, 2013
    Wait 'till you need to wipe. It's like your three yo again. Haaaaaaa
  20. Ziltoid

    Ziltoid I don't play bass

    Apr 10, 2009
    This is but temporary :atoz: