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playing guitar with a finger missing--ring finger

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beer  
27 Apr 2006 18:31 | Quote
Posts: 1
Hi! I'm missing my ring finger and i wanted to know if there are alternatives to play some cords i can't! Thanks a lot for the anwsers in advance.
rookie  
30 Apr 2006 02:03 | Quote
Posts: 3
try a left handed guitar
Chimzar  
30 Apr 2006 17:44 | Quote
United States
Posts: 91
Find some music by Django Reinhardt. Because of accident in his youth, he could not use is ring a pinky finger for very much. He went on to become one of the best gypsy jazz guitars of all time using just his first two fingers. His music is very difficult to play, even for someone with fingers all their fingers, but I think he would be a great inspiration for you.
Chimzar  
30 Apr 2006 17:47 | Quote
United States
Posts: 91
Sorry of all the gramatical errors, I will post it again:
Find some music by Django Reinhardt. Because of accident in his youth, he could not use is ring and pinky fingers for very much. He went on to become one of the best gypsy jazz guitars of all time by just using his first two fingers. His music is very difficult to play, even for someone with all his or her fingers, but I think he would be a great inspiration for you.
boblet  
16 May 2006 12:41 | Quote
Posts: 2
Hmm... I use my thumb quite alot, try that? :)
Clavinethead  
15 Jul 2006 16:06 | Quote
Posts: 14
Man I don't know what I would do if I was missing a finger, thats just horrifying to me. You might try getting prosthetic fingers too, who knows? Or you could play tap guitar with your right hand.

http://www.tapguitar.com/tapseminar97/wolfgang-b.jpg
hippie_cune  
17 Aug 2006 13:10 | Quote
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my lil bro plays guitar too, and last year he got into a car accident and screwed up his ring finger. he apparently found a tuning that works for him and he can still play full chords without his finger..

i think i also heard my sis say trace adkins(country guy) lost a finger somehow and he still plays.

Jerry Garcia lost a finger on his right hand.. but, then agian, thats not as bad as a left digit loss.
Clavinethead  
10 Sep 2006 21:51 | Quote
Posts: 14
What you might consider palying as well is Lap Steel guitars. You don't need fingers at all for that. Except for when you mute the strings but that doesn't really count because there is no finger movment involved in it at all.

or you might want to consider checking out this site.
http://www.livingskin.com/hand_finger.htm
They even make ones that have wires inside and that actually move like real fingers too.
Clavinethead  
10 Sep 2006 21:51 | Quote
Posts: 14
What you might consider palying as well is Lap Steel guitars. You don't need fingers at all for that. Except for when you mute the strings but that doesn't really count because there is no finger movment involved in it at all.

or you might want to consider checking out this site.
http://www.livingskin.com/hand_finger.htm
They even make ones that have wires inside and that actually move like real fingers too.
Zete  
28 May 2007 04:01 | Quote
Latvia
Posts: 14
I just found these videos. The guy has no arms, but still plays better than me.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7vKRqm5FWx0
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pKKvoesmcSo

It is amazing to see what can people do if they really want to. Inspiring
Mici  
29 May 2007 14:43 | Quote
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Kosovo
Karma: 9
@Zete:
He's amazing. That counts for me, too-what you said: He play's better with his feet than I do with my hands.


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