Posted by Boadicea on Thursday, December 7, 2017
Great thread here on nails! https://www.banjohangout.org/topic/328651/#4269575 Thanks Wayne!
Superglue wasn't enough so I moved on to matt nail polish, the next day.
I cannot type and use my finger for many things, including chord changes with my pointer finger. If I use my pointer finger I get pain. So I am going to get much better at my rolls, and strumming. Alas I won't blog as much until it gets better.
My finger nail is cracked in two places on my left hand. This is my chord playing hand.
I have been putting layers of a matt nail polish on it to stop cracking it more.
So the first crack/wound is on the left hand side going along and under the nail. That won't take too long to grow out.
The second crack goes across the nail, almost two thirds of the way across. I can't play chords without cracking the nail more. It is mid nail so it will take some time to grow out.
Thursday, December 7, 2017 @1:38:32 PM
I didn't understand the scope of your nail damage. Ouch! I hope you heal soon.
Thursday, December 7, 2017 @2:20:55 PM
Yeah me too! I feel pain! The physical pain is challenging but the pain of not able to play banjo... ;) ***insert wailing and the gnashing of teeth***
Thursday, December 7, 2017 @2:32:42 PM
Heal soon :) Can you progress your roll patterns and try bar chords to get a melody going? Only need one finger for that.
Thursday, December 7, 2017 @3:15:50 PM
Well, as your Banjo is tuned to open G, placing one finger across strings 1, 2, 3 & 4 on the first fret would give you a G#, and an A on the second fret and so on. The chromatic scale means as you move up your finger each fret you'll play the next chord until you get to the 12th fret which would be back to G (full octave).
Bear in mind that each fret from first goes like this -
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
G# A A# B C C# D D# E F F# G
The above is in sharps, but could also be written in flats, and you'd substitute say the G# for an Ab and so on.
Also there is no sharp between B and C or E and F.
So, if you fret the bottom four strings with one finger and slide your finger to the chords you want to hold, while playing roll patterns, you can still play your favorite songs.
You could for example, play Blackberry Blossom, or most of it, using Bar Chords and a forward / reverse roll pattern.
G (on 12th) D (on 7th) C (on 5th) G (open strings) C (on 5th) G (open strings) (or on 12th)
A (on 2nd) and so on ................
Keep the 5th string open, as is normally is, and you can apply this to most songs, you'll just not be able to play licks until your nails heal, but at least you can still keep pickin, and grow your bar chord position knowkedge :)
Thursday, December 7, 2017 @5:45:40 PM
12 minute semi supine
5 minutes strumming - it was hard - I did all kinds of it.
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