posted on Mar, 14 2013 @ 09:00 AM
Sorry to hear about your finger......mind if i ask which finger is affected, or is it more than one? Six months you say? Thats a long time to rest,
some medical sites say four weeks before returning to work even after surgery.
Is it your strumming hand or your fretting hand that is affected?
My fingers have been hurting a lot recently, knuckles to be exact, i used to box in the army and have all the aches and pains of fractures coming back
to annoy me i think. Very annoying when you want to play stringed instruments.
When i can't play, i tend to try a backup like my harmonica that i'm learning. I guess you could learn some music theory but to be honest i think
you'd be bored stupid if you couldn't try it straight out on the uke.
Are you able to even strum gently with your thumb rather than your finger? I play it like that anyway, never could use my index finger properly, it
always seemed to get caught on the strings lol.
Can you fret the chords very lightly, or is it complete rest? I have an understanding of what trigger finger in, but wasn't sure of the severity of
yours. Maybe you could spend a few minutes a day just going through the motions of the chord shapes with your fingers on the fretboard if thats not to
much, that way you'll be teaching your hands to do it without thinking.
If you can't use your fingers to strum, but can grip gently, there are felt picks that you can use for ukes and banjos. I just got a packet, if you
were closer i could send you a couple, to be honest they are a bit thick and chunky but they have a nice warm sound. You could always make your own
pick out of something soft. Bit of cardboard with fabric wrapped round it or something like that.
edit on 14/3/13 by CX because: (no reason