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May 12th, 2014
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But wait, there's more!
Going to the doctor tomorrow. Another case of trigger thumb, this time on my right hand. I hope that I can avoid surgery for awhile, but it's coming.

I went in in December and they gave me a cortisone shot, which helped for several months. If all goes well they will do that again, and I can get through this years shows and take some time off from playing in October. If not, I have a plan. I know that my grip was dodgy on my left hand for awhile. I have never gotten back quite all the strength. So I am worried about it being my pick hand. But I have a plan for picks involving super glue and staples that I think will work. I just want to be able to keep playing my instruments. I already had to quit the drums, I don't know what I would do if I couldn't play guitar.

Oh, and I have this issue with my left knee. I guess I'm not done with surgery until I collect the entire set. I limp therefore I am. I will say that where I work seems to have a lot to do with my knee. It gets better the longer I am away from work. When I was home with pneumonia, my legs were great by the end of it. I have tried all kinds of configurations with my work space, but nothing seems to change. By the end of the day I can't walk. The real worry is that it kept it up all weekend, something that hasn't really happened before.

This was originally posted on Dreamwidth, after which it wandered out to various other sites. Feel free to reply where ever you want. I should still see it.

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From:lemmozine
Date:May 12th, 2014 08:03 pm (UTC)
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Wishing you the best with all this, and agreeing that it's nice when you can play guitar.

Do thumbpicks or fingerpicks help at all?
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From:ericcoleman
Date:May 13th, 2014 01:59 pm (UTC)
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I'm going to work with some thumbpicks. I hate most of them, because they don't feel like picks to me. I have a few of the Hercos and just ordered a couple of the Fred Kelly Bumble Bee picks. We'll see what works.
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From:lemmozine
Date:May 13th, 2014 02:44 pm (UTC)
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I use a (somewhat) expensive metal thumbpick, because I use metal fingerpicks and they don't sound right to me with plastic. In general, for plastic, I think those that are thickest and have the shortest distance from thumb to string offer the best control. Except on 5 string banjo, where the thin ones seem better.
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From:ericcoleman
Date:May 13th, 2014 04:07 pm (UTC)
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I use three different gauges of picks for different songs. My usual is a Dunlop Nylon .60. I also use the .73 and the 1. depending on what sort of attack I need. Widows Garden does not sound right with a light pick, it needs a certain snap to it. It's easier to do the triplets on Disenchanted with a light pick and I also get a smoother sound from the light pick on that song.

I hate the sound of metal on metal, at least up close. I could never use a metal pick.
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From:hofdave
Date:May 12th, 2014 11:02 pm (UTC)
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Hope it goes well for you, tomorrow.

It was great having you both at FKO and your concert was great.
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From:wyld_dandelyon
Date:May 13th, 2014 04:39 am (UTC)
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Aw, man!

I know that with my dry skin, picks fly away if they're not textured or clamped onto my fingers. I'd be willing to try to brainstorm and/or fabricate something if it comes to that.
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