The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #69788 Message #1275384
Posted By: PoppaGator
19-Sep-04 - 02:32 AM
Thread Name: Revolutionary Pick Thinking
Subject: RE: Revolutionary Pick Thinking
I planted my right pinky so hard and for so long that it is permanently swollen and painful. I can't even use it for typing, and make most of my typos on the right-hand side of the keyboard, where my ring finger has to do double duty.
I have a certain level of arthritis in *all ten* fingers, but the other nine are not in nearly so bad shape, and they respond nicely to a daily dose of liquid glucosamine, becoming as flexibile and pain-free as ever (or nearly so). But my right pinky is beyond help!
I eventually learned to play without leaning on that one little digit. Years ago, I spent about three years playing very long hours as a street performer; I had decided to use fingerpicks exclusively, starting out as a pinky-planter but gradually developing more freedom and fluidity until I found myself able to move that right hand off the guitar top and out into free space. However, by the time I had developed my new and improved technique, the damage to that one little finger had already been done. Now I don't have to brace myself on it, but I can't use it for much of anything else anyway.
For the record, I rarely ever use a flatpick at all, and while I can fingerpick barehanded, I'm much more comfortable and confident using picks (plastic thumbpick, two metal fingerpicks).