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Captain Simian
04-24-2013, 03:32 PM
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04-24-2013, 03:38 PM
That's to bad Captain. Sorry to hear this. I wish you the best.

04-24-2013, 03:46 PM
Sorry to hear that Captain. Perhaps you can find some other outlet for creativity and passion in your life. When life gives you lemons.....

04-24-2013, 03:59 PM
Incredibly sorry to hear. Are you going to keep any for sentimental purposes?

04-24-2013, 04:02 PM
Woahhh it's too bad to hear that...hope you will find a new passion and way to express yourself...


Hippie Dribble
04-24-2013, 04:03 PM
Sorry to hear of this Captain, guess it's time to look for the silver lining. Good thing is you discovered the uke and can at least still play your sopranos for short periods of time without too much discomfort. I wish you the very best like the other guys and really hope that things look up and you are able to find a balance in your life and continue to nurture your creative side.

04-24-2013, 04:23 PM
Sorry to read this, Captain.

I hope you figure out a way to keep the "lot like music" alive, even if it isn't with the uke.

04-24-2013, 05:11 PM
Ouch. I just realized yesterday (I'm only 40 years old) that there'll come a day when I won't be able to play uke, guitar, bass, drums, etc. Then I thought, "I'll never stop singing, no matter how awful my voice gets."

Keep your eyes, mind, and heart open, and another creative outlet will reveal itself.

04-24-2013, 05:29 PM
Best wishes...I can't even imagine not being able to make noise on my uke...although my neighbors might not mind so much...

04-24-2013, 05:32 PM
Sorry for this Cap'n. Hang on to as much music as you can.

Rick Turner
04-24-2013, 06:16 PM
Have you considered open tunings for guitar or even uke?

04-24-2013, 07:35 PM
So sorry to hear of your pain. You might look at an iPad and Garage Band, and see if you can make some music with minimal movement. Take a look at this
http://www.ipadcreative.com/blog/2011/3/29/a-superb-40-minute-garageband-tutorial-video.html starting at about 17:28 to see a demo of virtual guitar playing. The Garage Band app also has great strings (cello, violins etc) and you don't have to record to make music. It is just fun and soothing to play around with it.


PS – save one of your amps... you might be able to plug the iPad into it and use it as a large speaker. You just need the right cords and a proper input jack. I have a new Fender Passport Mini, and it works great for that.

04-25-2013, 12:39 AM
Sorry to hear about that. Have you considered harmonica?

I took up harmonica after many years not playing it partly at least, against the day when I couldn't manage flute or recorder, and now uke. I have to be a bit careful as I had some problems with RSI in my right elbow a few years back and although it cleared up, it has started to recur recently.

Nevertheless, I enjoy harmonica as an instrument in its own right and that's mostly what I play when our band plays for dances.

04-25-2013, 12:49 AM
Have you tried physical or occupational therapy?

04-25-2013, 03:00 AM
That's sad to hear; my husband's grandfather was a music professor and his main instrument was cello. He can't play any more due to arthritis.

Keep on doing what you can!

04-25-2013, 03:15 AM
That's too bad.

Do you sing? If you don't, perhaps you could take some of the money from selling off gear and get singing lessons? The voice is the original instrument.

mm stan
04-25-2013, 03:21 AM
Aloha Captain Simian,
Glad to hear from you, but so sorry to hear the bad new on your wrists and elbows....I am sure you thought this out well already and there is no way we can change your mind...I do hope
you can still visit us here and participate...maybe it will be good theraphy...I hope you can one day return...and or find another creative outlet..wishing you well my friend, keep active and healthy
Take care and many blessings brother...

04-25-2013, 03:33 AM
Have you considered open tunings for guitar or even uke?

Good idea, for sure!

04-25-2013, 03:44 AM
Good idea, for sure!

Yes on both of these comments. You can tune most any stringed instrument to an open tuning and play with a slide. My favorite instrument for slide is a 4 string cigar box guitar tuned to open E, bluesey as can be.

04-25-2013, 04:38 AM
Aloha Captain Simian,

Sorry to hear about your problems. Hope things improve or at the least work out for you.

04-25-2013, 05:15 AM
Yes on both of these comments. You can tune most any stringed instrument to an open tuning and play with a slide. My favorite instrument for slide is a 4 string cigar box guitar tuned to open E, bluesey as can be.

That was my thought too, maybe try some slide ukulele.

04-25-2013, 05:22 AM
Breaks my heart to read this. So sorry to hear about your condition, Captain. Hope you can still pluck that soprano at least to keep a smile on your face.

04-25-2013, 08:13 AM
Sorry to hear this news. I second Lori's idea of finding some electronic way to make music, if the bug is still in you. In the early days of MIDI control I got into composing things I could never ever have played by entering notes one step at a time in a sequencer (as slow as you want to) and then hitting play. ;)

Dan Uke
04-25-2013, 08:55 AM
Sorry to hear...Hope you find other ways to make music

The Big Kahuna
04-25-2013, 09:00 AM
Time to order that Moore Bettah Diddley Bow dude.