Double jointed in my pinky finger! Can I still play guitar?

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  • Double jointed in my pinky finger! Can I still play guitar?


Answer #1 | 19/12 2013 19:10
You can still practice and play. Just try taking a bit of sports tape or a bandaid and try to straighten that particular joint.
Answer #2 | 19/12 2013 19:39
Well, the "pinky" is perhaps the least important of the bunch, so even it doesn't work as well as it might for some others, you can still play up a storm, at your best. Right now, if you're just beginning, most everything is a bit of a strain. Given time and the patience required, you may find that the effort needed to fret strings will will become much more efficient; beginners often use way more pressure than is actually needed. (Also possible that your guitar could use a "set-up" to make playing a bit easier - or that your guitar just ain't 'gettin it, but stay with what you got for now.) Just stay at it -and get a couple of lessons if budget allows it - just lighten up on the little guy. This activity is actually pretty unique, like all others that are, and one can easily find "new muscles" that one didn't didn't know about. (Say X-Country skiing, where your triceps (back of your upper arms), will painfully announce they don't like being stressed..) And if the rest of your finger tips aren't a little sore, you're not practicing enough, so there!
Answer #3 | 19/12 2013 23:53
Slow it down, take a rest for week or two. Your hands and fingers will rest. And then you'll be ready to play again.
Answer #4 | 20/12 2013 00:00
Not unusual at all actually. Most people have trouble using their pinky at first. Mostly because it is something that finger has never had to do before. Your pinky is your weakest finger, so that is why it hurts and you can't push the string all the way down. Keep using it as much as you can, there are more advanced chords and techniques you will be learning later on that REQUIRE you to use your pinky, so you better get it used to being used now instead of waiting until later.
Answer #5 | 20/12 2013 22:17
those who had this type of problem actually recovered by practicing with pinky more & there are few great players don't even use pinky so its not a big deal but you should try to use pinky from the beginning as its helps a lot & it will actually get stronger with practice

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