Finger damage question: Advice Please!!
have been playing for over 20 years,
but I have been playing more than ever in the last 6-12 months, about 1-4 hours a day, and I want to increase this amount.
Over this time my index finger on my strumming hand has been taking damage - the fingernail is growing lopsided.
It's not too bad at the moment, but it hurts to play for any period of time and now I feel it's starting to really hinder my playing.
My question is this:
Should I stop altogether and wait a while (maybe 2-4 weeks) for the nail to heal?
I am also considering reducing the string gauge (currently 52-11)
Its just sooo hard not to play at the moment, its all I wanna do - but I dont want to damage and continue to damge my finger :(
This is actually the first time I'm hearing this. Wow, damage to the nail. I'm just based on what you described, I'd definitely take a break and have somebody (orthopedist?) looking at that. And of course, you should try to figure out the root cause, because your fingers should not get "damaged" in such way.
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