I am wondering whether my current shoulder woes have been exacerbated by guitar playing. They are surely not CAUSED by guitar playing as it has been a lifetime of abuse to get me to this situation. Nevertheless, when I go to buy my next guitar, it will likely be an orchestra or parlor sized body rather than a dreadnaught.
As far as fingers, I did a number on the ring finger of my left hand once bad enough that I couldn't use it to push a string for six months. I wasn't playing guitar then, but was playing bass in a band. I just used other fingers to fret whatever I'd have fretted with the ring finger. It was an odd learning curve but worked out to give me more options when playing than I had before. For instance, I would often fret an E by using the second fret of the D string, but began to fret the seventh fret of the A string instead. I learned a lot about my fretboard, which is always useful.
Now, that bad break on that finger is coming back to haunt me because it doesn't bend backwards to allow me to fret a B chord, I wind up getting the high E as well as the other three strings I'm supposed to get, which sounds simply awful. If I could figure out how to just MUTE the high E rather than fret it, I'd be there.
Granted B chord amnesty by King of the Mutants (Long live the king).
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