Will Playing Slide Be Easier On Arthritic Hand ?

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  1. CA$H FLOW

    CA$H FLOW Member

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    Recently developed arthritis in my fretting hand thumb, it's not too bad right now but I don't want it to get much worse. Considered quitting guitar, but I'm stubborn and was thinking that slide would be much easier on my hand.
    What do you you guys think ?
     
  2. windmill

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    I have sympathy with your problem

    Playing slide is my fallback plan as well.
     
  3. Tommy Biggs

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    It should be. Only one way to find out!
    Good luck.
     
  4. Clifford-D

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    Lap steel is another choice, lots of advantages with lap steel like slanting the bar,
     
  5. Janus Alfador

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    If you're playing guitars with nickel/silver frets, switching to stainless steel frets could help a lot in staving off arthritis, or its worsening. Stainless Steel frets are a lot slicker, easier to play, to bend strings on, and to do string vibrato with. They demand far less from a player's fingers, and produce far less strain by the end of a play session.

    I would have using SS frets as your now plan, if not already using them, so that maybe you won't need a further fallback plan, or won't need one nearly as soon.
     
  6. CA$H FLOW

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    Thanks for the replies guys. I do already have SS frets on my #1 guitar. I'm just thinking that over time slide will be far less pressure and exertion on my fretting hand thumb.

    Anyone else have suggestions or comments on this topic ?
     
  7. kimock

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    Bottleneck will definitely take a lot of stress and pressure off your left thumb.
    Sounds nice too.
    Go for it!
     
  8. JonR

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    There's also a school of thought that says the thumb on your fretting hand should be exerting no (or very little) pressure anyway. I don't fully agree, but certainly fretting action is supported by bracing the guitar with your right arm as well as thumb on back of neck.

    But in any case - as steve says, slide is a great sound, and a technique well worth developing for its own sake, regardless of the condition of your hands.
     
  9. 9fingers

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    I have had the same condition in the thumb + loss of half my left middle finger. There is supplementation that can greatly help the thumb. There are fairly recent threads on that. PM me for more info. I could hardly play (or sleep) for a few years due to the thumb, but between supplements and natural progression that is over.
    Slide IS definitely easier on the thumb (as is lap steel) and both are really great ways to make expressive music. I now wear the slide on the half middle finger and play entirely in Open E.
     
  10. CA$H FLOW

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    Awesome I'm gonna send you a message right away.
     

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