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Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by redhouserocks, Dec 5, 2017.
Use mainly your middle finger. Or use a thick pick.
Clean it with alcohol. Let dry. Do what Joe Nerve did with triple application of super glue. Cover that with clear Nexcare medical tape. Use the finger as little as possible, and sub using thumb, middle and ring finger, and maybe even a pick occasionally.
Sorry you hurt yourself. I'm going to guess any cover up, glue tape or anything else which you try to protect your finger with, will get in the way and fail during the gig, leaving you to remove it and be forced to apply that fresh wound to the string. I am a finger player myself, but just this once, I suggest get through the gig using a pick and allow your finger tip to heal.
At the risk of having tomatoes thrown at me...Any good at playing bass on keyboards?
suggestions ? yeah, about taking a break, find a replacement and let heal rite!
@redhouserocks +1 to the Steri-Strips method mentioned earlier in this thread:
Loved-one had open heart surgery a little over a week ago. They wire the breastbone back together and use surgical crazy glue instead of sutures on the incision b/c it spreads the skin tension over a larger area AND is very much less likely to get infection(not penetrating suture). They then applied cut down versions of 1x5 Steri-Strips to add a bit of reinforcement across the glued incision. The Steri-Strip they used is the stronger one found here: 3M™ Steri-Strip™ Reinforced Adhesive Skin Closures R1548 | 3M United States
Sent her home with a few so I ordered a box of those 1x5's(have to clean the incision and re-apply Steri-Strips if there is any "leakage" from the incision until the skin grows together) plus a box of slightly smaller ones. I will take a couple of each to put in my band toolbox(in a sealed container of course).
Whatever you do, use proper judgement and don't risk permanent damage. Not worth it.
Use your thumb or a pick.
In case they haven't been mentioned yet . . .
Galaxy Guitar Products - Galaxy Guitar FT-1 Finger Protector
Just keep your right hand off the instrument and hammer the hell out of the fretboard with your good hand.
Normally we build callus', of course. But sometimes we experience difficulties where the adage, "tough it out" may not always be the wisest course. Try these finger gloves to get you through the real tough situations like you're in now.
Nice. I use steri-strips pretty often at my day gig. They work great.
110% this. Don't risk further injury - it's not worth it!
this happened to me in 2012 freak skateboarding accident. i couldn't play for a year from the nerve damage. 37 stitches!
Complicated question, complicated answer:
If the song is slow enough, use middle finger. Try it - you'll see that it's easy.
If the song is a little bit faster, or has some 8th notes or even a few 16th notes sprinkled in, try alternating thumb and middle finger. It's a little awkward at first, but it works. Channel your inner Mark Knopfler.
If the song has lots of grace notes, you can use your ring finger for the grace note and your middle finger for the note on the beat. That one is easy. But not many songs need that.
If the song has 16th notes, see if you can get away with rewriting the bass part to use quarter notes and 8th notes without ruining the song. If you can do that, then use the above techniques.
If the song has 16th notes and they are critical to the song, start practicing it with a pick right now and see if you can do it. It's not that tough, really! If you try and hold the pick w/ the first digit of your right index finger (standard picking technique), it might hurt and you might drop the pick. Instead, place the wide part of the pick entirely along your SECOND digit (between first knuckle and second or middle knuckle), so that the pick doesn't even need to touch the first digit. This works fine, but it puts the pick at a funny angle so you don't want a sharp edged pick, and also you may have to change the angle between your bass and your body slightly to get a good pick attack angle.
Lastly, wear a good quality Band Aid ToughStrips bandage of the smallest size that covers the wound. Tight enough to be snug, but not tight enough to impede circulation. Then wrap a few wraps of surgical tape around that. Duct tape might also work well, try it and see. Be sure to bring a half dozen ToughStrips with you to the show and keep them handy on top of your amp.
Take maximum allowed Ibuprofen dosage preemptively to reduce pain and swelling, following directions on bottle.
Take 2 Aspirin and call me in the morning.
Skip that last one.
Superglue would probably work with a bandage over it or try that liquid skin stuff...
Single pluck with the middle finger. Or thumb.
Ok, sorry I didn't respond last night, because I left my phone in the band trailer, but we played tonight and I just got home ... I have tons of photos and videos of tonight and I'm actually pleased at the outcome of what I did ... I'll post them all when I wake up in the am. ... it's 2:32 am here so I'm hitting the bed, but I'll post my results today when I wake up.
Sorry I am late to the party. Two years ago I had a shipping pallet crumble in my hand and the staples they use to build those things shredded the tips of my fingers. I got through two gigs just fine wearing these. They stay on tight and don't slip. And I still have this box. Wish I would have seen this thread earlier. I would have mailed this to you.