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Sore Index Finger Points to An Indefinite Guitar and Possibly Fiddle and Banjo Hiatus

Thursday, March 21, 2013 @12:10:29 AM

Three weeks ago at last months Bluegrass jam, there were two fiddlers when I got there, so I got out the guitar, and played that for two hours... the left index finger felt a bit weird after that.

A week ago Monday, I played steel string guitar at the end of a volunteer gig for about 25 minutes- and afterwards it felt weirder.

Friday I played nylon string classical for an hour at a gig.... and within 15 minutes, the left index was complaining that things were NOT right.

Saturday the index was in bad enough pain that I canceled a St. Paddy's Day gig Sunday.

Today I canceled 2 of my Thursday gigs, canceled my electric guitar gig, and will probably cancel most of the rest of the folk variety gigs until I get down to something I can manage.  The pain reminds me of carpal tunnel, but in the index finger around a joint.  Like carpal tunnel, resting the finger may be the only thing that will cause the inflamed nerves to calm down.

Weird thing is that sometimes it feels pretty good.... like now, and I'm tempted to play, and then I regret it.  With such an unreliable index finger, gig commitments are really more than I can handle.

Pity, the fiddle was sounding good enough that I might have been able to force myself to record again.... OH WELL!!!!

Most of the time, my morale is hold up pretty well... this happened once before, in 1990... and resting the hand did the trick... but it took a while!!!

(Next Day...)

Finger is feeling better today... the knot near the joint seems softer and not so tender.  Last night as a desperation measure I had put a Zyex G, D, and A on Booker instead of my beloved Prims.... the Zyex are softer on the fingers than the Prims.  I'm happy to say that they sound acceptable for just about everything I do, and I played a bit this morning with no ill effects from the fiddling.... but maybe I've typed enough for the day!


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