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DebRocks
10-27-2016, 02:01 PM
So, last night I ran into my house at full tilt, because I forgot something and was already running late... Tripped over a cat and went flying. Next thing I know, I'm laying on the floor with a broken bone.

Why am I posting this sorta sad/sorta funny story here? Because I don't know how to keep up on my uke practice for the next six weeks, while my left arm is in a sling? Anyone have any ideas?

Ukulele Eddie
10-27-2016, 02:05 PM
That sucks! Sorry to hear. A few ideas to consider:

-- Study music theory
-- Work on right hand technique
-- Watch tutorials, such as UU+, The Ukulele Way, etc.
-- Enjoy a bit of a break (doh! no pun intended) from the ukulele

Wishing you a full and speedy recovery!

stevejfc
10-27-2016, 02:14 PM
As Eddie said, work on strumming and fingerpicking .........ie: right hand technique.
Best for a quick and 100% recovery

CheeseSandwich
10-27-2016, 02:32 PM
Hey DebRocks,

Bummer. Sorry to hear.

In addition to what people have said, I have found it helpful to use a metronome and just count beats/tap them with my feet. For me personally, I can have a habit of strumming off beat if the rhythm is too fast. This would be one other thing you could do while you recover!

Booli
10-27-2016, 03:28 PM
Sorry this happened to you and sorry that I dont have any ideas right now, but if this happened to me, I'd being going thru the 'Five Stages of Grief' and likely get in a rut on the 'anger' stage, mainly angry that I could not play...

Hopefully the 6 weeks will pass fast enough for you...wishing you a happy recovery...:)

Chopped Liver
10-27-2016, 03:53 PM
UGH! So sorry! This might be a good time to research a new ukulele - you know - as a reward for enduring the 6 weeks without playing . . .

DebRocks
10-27-2016, 04:06 PM
if this happened to me, I'd being going thru the 'Five Stages of Grief' and likely get in a rut on the 'anger' stagle, mainly angry that I could not play...



I was definitely in denial last night. I spent the night with the mantra "it's not broken, it's not broken, it's not broken..." This morning I knew I had to go to the doctor.

Right now I'm definitely mad I can't play. Not sure when/if I'll get to acceptance. :p

Booli
10-27-2016, 04:20 PM
I was definitely in denial last night. I spent the night with the mantra "it's not broken, it's not broken, it's not broken..." This morning I knew I had to go to the doctor.

Right now I'm definitely mad I can't play. Not sure when/if I'll get to acceptance. :p

If you can drive the car, with your injury, I'm not sure how far you are from Bonanza Ukes, but IIRC they are in MN, and like Chopped Liver said above (to reward yourself), maybe you can visit them and commission a special uke for you to celebrate your recovery, prices are pretty good and from other reviews here, it's likely you will get a nice sounding and playing uke for it...

see the current discussion over in this thread: http://forum.ukuleleunderground.com/showthread.php?123527-Boomerang-Ukes!

hoosierhiver
10-27-2016, 04:26 PM
harmonica?

janeray1940
10-27-2016, 04:42 PM
Recently a friend asked me to guess what the leading cause of accidental death in the home is. I've had cats all of my life, and as a joke I said "Tripping over your cat?" and the thing is - turns out it's true! Well, not cats specifically, but falling. So, if there's a bright side - um, it could be MUCH worse?? :)

Here's to a speedy recovery!

bunnyf
10-27-2016, 06:26 PM
So sorry to hear you got hurt. I wish you a speedy recovery. I've had bouts of tendonitis in my right forearm/elbow where I haven't been able to play for a month or two (and I usually play several hours a day, every day). I use this time to clean up my uke library on my iPad. Reviewing, editing, and adding to my library helps to pass the time while healing. It's a bit of a slow go though, as I have to use my left hand only to type.

KamakOzzie
10-27-2016, 07:00 PM
I'm surprised that no one has asked, how's the cat?

Bill

kypfer
10-27-2016, 09:58 PM
I'm surprised that no one has asked, how's the cat?

Bill

Ha! that was my first thought. If it was my cat the term would probably be "disturbed" ... as in disturbed from her sleep ;)

I'll second a couple of other suggestions ... practising right-hand technique, for instance. If you tune the ukulele "open", (drop the treble string a whole tone from A to G) you'll at least have a C chord to pick at ... clawhammer, bluegrass, just simple arpeggios, they all might come in useful, if you don't use them already.

Alternatively time spent learning to read music probably wouldn't be wasted. I learnt to read for the penny whistle initially, I found the skill transferred to other instruments (ukulele, banjo, mandolin etc.) with far less effort than I expected :) hoosierhiver's suggestion of a harmonica may be worth considering, in this context :)

Get well soon ... and don't blame the cat ;)

Dan Gleibitz
10-27-2016, 10:08 PM
If you can find a friend whose right arm is wrecked, you could get them to do half the work.

Croaky Keith
10-27-2016, 10:57 PM
Wishing you a speedy recovery. :)

Time to catch up on those little things that you have been putting off. ;)

Tootler
10-27-2016, 11:41 PM
First of all, wishing you a speedy recovery. You may find that after a while once the bone has started knitting you have some limited ability to play the uke so you are not completely out of practice once you are fully recovered and the splint comes off.

I broke my right wrist in my teens and at the point when it was getting close to the time for the plaster to come off (yes it was plaster of paris in those days and it stuck to the hairs on your arm and hurt to come off) someone wanted a game of table tennis and I found with some adaptation I was able to play table tennis with my wrist in plaster.


harmonica?

That was partly why I took up - or went back to harmonica. I'd had some trouble with rsi and thought the day may come when my fingers are not so good. Harmonica has now become one of my main instruments.

DebRocks
10-28-2016, 09:19 AM
I'm surprised that no one has asked, how's the cat?

Bill

The cat's doing better than me. And, he might just be trying to be helpful by dive bombing my left shoulder from the top of the dresser, but I think it's more likely part two of his sinister master plan.

Thanks for the good suggestions and also for the humor. It helps.:D

Ukejenny
10-28-2016, 11:34 AM
Sorry about your shoulder! I would catch up on my reading, or movies, or television shows. Sounds like you don't need to be doing any playing for several weeks.

igorthebarbarian
10-28-2016, 12:06 PM
That's terrible. I'm sorry to hear that :(
I'm not good at it, but I would recommend finger rolls with the right hand. Work on right-hand picking. Maybe tune it open G (drop the A to G) and finger pick it.

dwh
10-28-2016, 12:28 PM
Rest, get well!

Camsuke
10-28-2016, 12:41 PM
Best wishes for a speedy recovery Deb, it could be a great opportunity to watch & listen to plenty of ukulele music videos.

Nickie
10-28-2016, 03:07 PM
Hope your recovery is quick and complete. I never step over cats, we have 7. I move them outta my way with a foot, gently. I make noise at night so they know I'm coming.

OhioBelle
10-29-2016, 04:42 AM
Awwww Deb that is some bad luck! I could totally see myself doing the same thing. And as I have a very energetic, affectionate cat who follows me every step I take, a cat-induced fall just might be in my future. Glad your cat is okay, -and that you're getting some good ideas to pass the time. I agree with the idea to reward yourself with a new uke! I've just been talking to Shelley from Bonanza myself. I'm ordering one of their retro countertop laminates, but you could get a solid wood and have them custom laser a cat to commemorate the event! Cats around the soundhole? Paw prints?

Get well soon and let us know how it all goes.

Tunguy
10-29-2016, 07:32 AM
Wishing you a speedy recovery.I know his was not his shoulder, but look what uncle Raggy did...!
https://youtu.be/Vn2CvM5yhIQ

DebRocks
10-30-2016, 06:23 AM
Thanks to everyone who replied with good ideas and well wishes. I appreciate it a lot!


Hope your recovery is quick and complete. I never step over cats, we have 7. I move them outta my way with a foot, gently. I make noise at night so they know I'm coming.

I usually do that too, sadly I was in too much of a hurry and broke my own rules. Two of my three cats have been around long enough to know not to run in front of me. This guy is a young rescue and he's all over the place, all the time.


Awwww Deb that is some bad luck! I could totally see myself doing the same thing. And as I have a very energetic, affectionate cat who follows me every step I take, a cat-induced fall just might be in my future. Glad your cat is okay, -and that you're getting some good ideas to pass the time. I agree with the idea to reward yourself with a new uke! I've just been talking to Shelley from Bonanza myself. I'm ordering one of their retro countertop laminates, but you could get a solid wood and have them custom laser a cat to commemorate the event! Cats around the soundhole? Paw prints?

Get well soon and let us know how it all goes.

Turns out timing is good to reward myself. I'd asked Peter Hurney from Pohaku for a concert uke and he just finished and sent it out. It's meant to be my retirement present to myself. I should have it sometime this week. I'm very excited to see it.


Wishing you a speedy recovery.I know his was not his shoulder, but look what uncle Raggy did...!
https://youtu.be/Vn2CvM5yhIQ

What a positive attitude! I'm definitely trying to see the upside in all this. I figure I can take my new Pohaku to the local uke fest in a couple weeks and perhaps I can find someone there who will play it for me.;)

Mezcalero
10-30-2016, 07:38 AM
Hope you recover quickly! In the meantime, call Sarah!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M0egkjbairk

DebRocks
10-30-2016, 01:19 PM
Hope you recover quickly! In the meantime, call Sarah!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M0egkjbairk

You think she'd do that for me? :rolleyes:

geetee
10-30-2016, 04:15 PM
You think she'd do that for me? :rolleyes:

Sure she would. It's what Sarah does!


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zHAX6-XV9Vw

Joyful Uke
10-30-2016, 05:14 PM
Because I don't know how to keep up on my uke practice for the next six weeks, while my left arm is in a sling? Anyone have any ideas?

Best wishes for a speedy recovery. I've had a string of injuries caused by my dogs, (one dog even broke my nose), so I know how these things can happen.

Things that I do, or tell myself to do, when I can't play:

Work on ear training. Work on learning to read music. Work on arranging music. Listen to lots of music, (especially things that I'd like to learn, or am in the process of learning.) Spend some time on YouTube watching performances or learning from videos.

Since you can use one hand, you can work on right hand techniques, or maybe find something (maybe in an alternate tuning?) that can be played with open strings.

Whatever you decide to do, I hope that you heal quickly and well.

TheCraftedCow
10-31-2016, 06:34 AM
Adapt--Overcome---Drive On... I am sitting on a swivel based chair. My left arm is in a cast position. After having had mine in that position for 6 weeks, it is not something one ever forgets! So, assuming the position, I put the uke on a table of the right height on an angle to me on my right side. I could move my fingers, so assuming you can also, holding the blade of a flat backed kitchen knife makes a nice slide, and the fingers stay close together. Going from open position GCEG of FCFA to the 5th or 7th fret is to swivel the chair to make the move. It depends on your degree of UPS (Uke Playing Syndrome) that will determine your decision to give it a try or not. If you are REALLY hard core UPS, you could use tape to fix the blade to your little and ring finger so no griping in necessary. :~)

DebRocks
10-31-2016, 01:27 PM
Adapt--Overcome---Drive On... I am sitting on a swivel based chair. My left arm is in a cast position. After having had mine in that position for 6 weeks, it is not something one ever forgets! So, assuming the position, I put the uke on a table of the right height on an angle to me on my right side. I could move my fingers, so assuming you can also, holding the blade of a flat backed kitchen knife makes a nice slide, and the fingers stay close together. Going from open position GCEG of FCFA to the 5th or 7th fret is to swivel the chair to make the move. It depends on your degree of UPS (Uke Playing Syndrome) that will determine your decision to give it a try or not. If you are REALLY hard core UPS, you could use tape to fix the blade to your little and ring finger so no griping in necessary. :~)

If only I had a swivel chair...:p