Ever play injured?

Discussion in 'Technique [BG]' started by Stumbo, Jul 4, 2008.

  1. Yes

    125 vote(s)
  2. No

    6 vote(s)
  3. Sat on a carrot once

    13 vote(s)
  1. Stumbo

    Stumbo Guest

    Feb 11, 2008
    I cracked my right wrist in a fall and was wearing a cast.

    I couldn't hold my arm in the normal playing position (I play with a pick mostly). I had to lower the back of the bass a bit and rotate my arm so I was playing with my arm kinda pointing at the floor.

    Made it through a few practices before the cast came off. Don't think I played a gig with it, though.

    How about you?
  2. Not me, but at the time I was giggin every week (as a keyboardplayer) our band had a trip to Stockholm (thats like one day with car away from where I come from) to play a very important gig with record company representatives present etc.

    Drummer, hurt his wrist (the kick one) racing down a stair in a high building same day the gig was (we went to Stockholm a cpl of days before to settle things) ..

    Ended up with him at the hospital half an hour before the actual performance, getting a shot, and then after the gig STRONG pills and sleep...

    We got no deal anyway, but gig went good and we had greatz fun!


  3. Herrlster


    Oct 27, 2004
    Ontario, Canada
    I fractured my pinky and played a practice and gig the following days.
  4. spalka621

    spalka621 Supporting Member

    Jul 26, 2005
    Minneapolis, MN
    On your plucking hand I hope!:smug:
  5. knarleybass

    knarleybass Commercial User

    Apr 6, 2005
    Tustin, CA
    Owner of Ulyate Instruments
    I broke my foot half way trough a gig, I did manage to finish out the job, load my gear and drive home. I was in a lot of pain though.
  6. Herrlster


    Oct 27, 2004
    Ontario, Canada

    It was on my plucking hand, I don't use it either but it did limit my playing somewhat.
  7. Bassman822


    Sep 1, 2007
    Bessemer, AL
    I sliced the tip of my right middle finger a couple of hours before a gig. Went to the ER, got 6 stiches and a tetanus shot on the way to the gig.
  8. lburton2

    lburton2 Les Is More

    May 15, 2008
    Detroit, MI
    I played on an old Fender Jazz Copy and the bridge cover was old and rusted and i sliced my hand on it in the middle of a gig.. i didnt' realise it was bleeding until after a song when i looked down and the bass was half covered in blood.. The bar owner gave me some TP and i ended up mopping up my hand after every song. good gig. lol
  9. I had to have my gallbladder removed the hard way, (up under the rib cage), and was in the hospital for a week. When I got home I didn't move for 3 days. On Sunday I was on plenty of pain pills and feeling pretty good so I went to church. They didn't have a bassist so I went up there and played in a chair, staples and all. After I was done with an hours worth of music I took my bass off and set it down and began walking to my seat. The lady in the front row pointed out to me that my incision had started bleeding. I looked down and saw that the whole front of my shirt was drenched in blood. That pain medication really worked, seeing that I didn't even notice that.

    Also, I've had some torn cartilage and a torn tendon in my right wrist from a work accident. I wear a cast until I get surgery for it but I usually take it off to play the bass for church and in the studio.
  10. Thunderthumbs73

    Thunderthumbs73 Supporting Member

    May 5, 2008
    Cut the middle finger on my fretting hand. Not so much fun, but I made it through, minus the use of that finger...
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  11. X Wolf

    X Wolf Guest

    On one occasion, I played a show in Bakersfield with a freshly broken little toe which I duct taped to the other toes and just wore a sock on that foot.

    On another occasion, I played a show in Detroit very sick with a very high temperature. Not a pleasant memory.

  12. ZonGuy


    Sep 2, 2007
    Buddy came and rescued me two weeks after surgery and a week after I got out of the hospital and drove me to a jazz jam session, since they didnt have another bass player. Took an electric, not an upright. I was pretty gone on vicodin to kill the pain and I remember my Fender jazz seemed to weigh a ton, so I asked him to carry it. I went in pajamas bottoms and slippers, because of incisions.

    Sat down and played two hours. I definitely had trouble with the uptempo numbers like "Night in Tunisia" . We did a lot of ballads and I hot a lot of "experimental notes". I remember having trouble keeping from sliding out of the chair. I do not do drugs and I weaned off the vicodin after a month.

    My wife was pissed as she was gone when I left the house. She thought I had wandered off and was going to call the cops.
  13. Swamp Ash

    Swamp Ash

    Apr 9, 2008
    I broke the first finger (pointer) on my right hand. The bone broke completely in two and my finger was bent at a 90 degree angle over my other fingers. They set it in surgery and put two stainless pins in it. My entire hand except my thumb was bandaged. The next night I played a job using a thumb pick.
  14. jmacfee


    Aug 25, 2007
    Plymouth, MA
    Oh, yeah. Two years ago, I ripped open my hand between the pinky and ring finger on my left hand. Five stitches and a big bandage. Played that night.Couldn't use my little finger but managed to get through the gig. This past March, I severed the top of my left index finger right at the first knuckle. I'm right handed. Missed the gig that night but played keyboards with my band two days later. A week later I went back to bass using my middle finger, ring finger and pinky. It's getting better but I sure do miss that inch of finger!
  15. Valerus


    Aug 4, 2005
    Austin, Texas
    Nope, can't say that I have.
  16. boonefiddler


    Oct 12, 2006
    Central Iowa
    I put my left hand down on the top of a grill cover when I lost my balance. I was a couple of beers in, with a gig that night. I went to the ER, they gave me antibiotics and codeine. 3rd degree burns in some places along the pinky side of my hand. Still hurting, I drank a couple more beers and took the CoTylenol. I slept on the way to the 4 and half hour gig. It hurt some, but I think it healed quickly because I used it alot. I played another gig the next night. A few days later I went for a check up. It had healed well. I recommend playing soon after being burned, but cutting back on the beer with CoTylenol. I think I played a bit sloppy that night, but I don't remember that well....
  17. MadMan118


    Jan 10, 2008
    Vallejo, CA
    once durring a show i devloped blisters on 3 of my left hand fingers and 2 on my richt. Just poped them with my teeth swolled a pain pill kept playing:D
  18. i have played gigs with extremely blistered finger tips/pads in both my hands back when i had just taken up bass
  19. fokof

    fokof One day ,I'll be in the future

    Mar 16, 2007
    Broke my left collarbone after a Mountain bike crash.
    Had a gig the next day....:crying:

    I had to put my left hand on my neck with the other one , very painfull experience!
    Got subbed the next gig.......
  20. never broke a bone in my body