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Harold O.
01-24-2009, 06:27 PM
Aside from the beginner's bruised thumbnail, has anyone encountered an injury related to playing the uke? I have some evidence here of a ukulele-related incident that took place whilst strumming madly and having a string break.

The E string let loose and wound itself around my ring finger in NO TIME and I wound up with 6 stitches between my ring and pinky finger. Good thing no tendons were cut. And good thing I had a glossy finish on the uke. And good thing I stopped before anything major happened to further the injury.

And good thing it was a broken glass while washing dishes instead of playing uke or my wife would have me stop playing the uke (I got four ukes already without even trying...imagine how many I'll have when the dementia ends!).

Harold O.
http://www.ukuleleunderground.com/forum/picture.php?albumid=181&pictureid=1055

experimentjon
01-24-2009, 06:30 PM
Woah, had me believing you for a second there. Say hypothetically a wound C snapped, could it actually cause you a lot of finger damage?

thejumpingflea
01-24-2009, 06:30 PM
Aside from the beginner's bruised thumbnail, has anyone encountered an injury related to playing the uke? I have some evidence here of a ukulele-related incident that took place whilst strumming madly and having a string break.

The E string let loose and wound itself around my ring finger in NO TIME and I wound up with 6 stitches between my ring and pinky finger. Good thing no tendons were cut. And good thing I had a glossy finish on the uke. And good thing I stopped before anything major happened to further the injury.

And good thing it was a broken glass while washing dishes instead of playing uke or my wife would have me stop playing the uke (I got four ukes already without even trying...imagine how many I'll have when the dementia ends!).

Harold O.
http://www.ukuleleunderground.com/forum/picture.php?albumid=181&pictureid=1055


You suck.

Haha I totally fell for that... Yeah... :wallbash:

:D

Bassukuguy
01-24-2009, 07:10 PM
you had me, then im like... Wait E string... lucky that you didnt catch any tendons and such.

Harold O.
01-24-2009, 07:47 PM
Don't mess with me, man, I'm a uke player.:rotfl:

MisoHappy
01-24-2009, 08:12 PM
I'm reading all the responses, and everyone understands the joke :confused:

Bassukuguy
01-24-2009, 09:00 PM
@Miso, read the last little paragraph thing again... its very subtle.

MisoHappy
01-24-2009, 09:18 PM
@Miso, read the last little paragraph thing again... its very subtle.

.........I am so stupid :wallbash:

Harold O.
01-24-2009, 09:23 PM
By simple definition, half the people are below average. So if I can catch you, where do you rate?

Harold O.

MisoHappy
01-24-2009, 09:35 PM
By simple definition, half the people are below average. So if I can catch you, where do you rate?

Harold O.

Who are you talking to exactly? Use the magic of the quote button, my friend. :old:

Harold O.
01-24-2009, 09:44 PM
I speak to all who will listen.

HO

Aldrine Guerrero
01-24-2009, 10:21 PM
Here's a real injury story:

For last years tour, I practiced on my ukulele so much that my harsh strumming slowly ate away at my fretboard (I strum above the soundhole by the frets.) This exposed the sharp ends of the fret markers. I only noticed this after the Mike DaSilva performance because my strumming fingers were wearing off and slightly bleeding. With the tour just starting and no time to fix the ukulele, I just sucked it in and kept playing. My fingers were numb and they were bleeding from all the abuse. During the performances I just ignored the pain until after the show was finished. Man did it hurt...

I got it smoothed out again when I got back to Hawaii.

No witty last paragraph... this actually happened hahaha. Ask Ryan and Aaron :old:

iggy524
01-24-2009, 10:31 PM
worst thing that happened was getting a fat blister on my index finger from practicing triplet strumming so much. I cut my nail too short

experimentjon
01-24-2009, 11:22 PM
Here's a real injury story:

For last years tour, I practiced on my ukulele so much that my harsh strumming slowly ate away at my fretboard (I strum above the soundhole by the frets.) This exposed the sharp ends of the fret markers. I only noticed this after the Mike DaSilva performance because my strumming fingers were wearing off and slightly bleeding. With the tour just starting and no time to fix the ukulele, I just sucked it in and kept playing. My fingers were numb and they were bleeding from all the abuse. During the performances I just ignored the pain until after the show was finished. Man did it hurt...

I got it smoothed out again when I got back to Hawaii.

No witty last paragraph... this actually happened hahaha. Ask Ryan and Aaron :old:

That is REALLY extreme. I imagine it takes a LOT of strumming to wear down a rosewood fretboard to the point where the frets are poking out and hurting you. But way to be a trooper, Aldrine! The show must go on!

tHeDirTyJoHnSon
01-28-2009, 01:55 PM
Thats nasty man,,,,
By no means am i a softy,, and my hands are well worn through my choice of career,,(Demolition) On several occasions,, while jamm'n in a trance like state ,, i blister the ends of my fingers,, index,middle and ring finger on my strumming hand, which normally means i have to take a break from the uke for at least 1-2 weeks,, will try get some photos next time,,,