I’ve been out of blogging for awhile. It’s summer, I’m busy, and I sliced my left index finger. I believe a large portion of my brain resides in my left index finger, as I haven’t been able to concentrate since. It still feels fuzzy, one week later, and while the doctor said I’d be able to play guitar within seven days, I’m not about to try it. I suspect, like many a straight edged cut, it’s healing very slowly. Without giving too many details, I was busy slicing up paper/art to size getting ready for the show. I suppose I became over confident about my technique with an exacto knife and steel ruler, as I was 1/3 of the way through my finger before I realized my mistake. I’d only taken up playing guitar again after a 30 year hiatus, so I basically panicked about the whole thing.
In guitar, that left index finger is one hugely important digit. And that’s where Murphy’s Law comes into play. My guitar has been languishing in the closet for many years. Occasionally I’d miss it, but realized that there was a long road back to being able to actually play it again. And then my husband received an electric grand piano (workplace incentive program). Well, while I enjoyed hearing him practice, a little green monster reared it’s ugly head at the same time. I wanted to make music too. And so, I realized I had a perfectly good, and grossly neglected musical instrument of my own, so I polished it off and set to practicing. It was like starting all over again, but even after four days there was real progress—and then !snick! the all important digit was rendered temporarily useless. And, at least for guitar (today is the first day back to 10 fingered typing) it still is. I’ll be practicing right hand exercises, and visually memorizing musical notes and finger positions. And, after perusing my books, it turns out there are two chords (and only two) that I can play with my remaining fingers—E minor and G major, except G is technically beyond my reach. At least I have something to practice.
So, that’s it. If you were wondering, this is why I’ve been neglecting my blog and your blog. Hopefully, the brain will slide back into its proper housing. Mostly I’ve been procrastinating on things I need to be doing for the show; framing, & cutting paper, all of which involves knife work (I’m sure you understand my reluctance); but I’m investing in some better, safer knives/mat cutters, because using a straight edge and a naked blade is an accident waiting to happen. I wish no repeats!
PS. Thumb position is REALLY BAD form, but I was taking the picture with my right hand at the time.