May 25

Time Out… I don’t like umbrellas!

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One of the worst things that can happen to a guitarist just happened to me. I cut out a piece of my right index finger with an umbrella and had to get stitches. Yes, right – with an umbrella… That means time out from playing guitar because of an umbrella!

 

How could that happen?

Well, I am still not quite sure to be honest. I was on my way to do some sports and it was raining in Berlin. I had a small umbrella with me and it was kind of windy. The umbrella was blown away. I grabbed for it in an instant and daaaaang… blood dripping down my finger.

Cut Finger

 

What? A piece is missing… ?

First I thought it was just a small cut but when I took a closer look I noticed that it was not that small at all. Actually, it was split open and looked like a piece was missing.Β Luckily, it didn’t hurt at all initially and I grabbed a cap to drive me to the next hospital as I felt I should better act fast to get it fixed.

Cut Finger II

 

In The Hospital

In the hospital the doc said that the worst pain will come right now when she sets the injections to numb my finger. Great day! Anyway, after the anesthesia kicked in I felt nothing anymore and my finger got stitched. The ride back home however was hell. I had no medications and the pain kicked in after the anesthesia faded. Oh my dear… this was a fun ride home.

stitches

 

Stitched like cloth

The most recent picture of the stitches shows that it is somehow healing together again.

Stitches II

 

The glass is half full

I hope to be able to play the guitar normally again soon and without any limitations. The good thing is that I will provide the rest of my right hand fingers an extra workout πŸ˜‰

Bandage playing

 

Lesson learned:

[panel]STAY AWAY FROM UMBRELLAS!!!

They are evil πŸ˜‰ – have a great and safe day![/panel]

 

 

 


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  1. I really like your style and support you ! I’m Chromis from China. There are many people who support you in our country. So we are looking forward to your new book with new information.

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  2. Sorry to hear about your finger. I had a very similar incident, about 9 years ago. I split my finger to the bone!!! So I understand the pain. The doctor had to hold my wrist down, while giving the anasthesia. The rest of my body flopped around like a fish out of water. Been a long time, but seeing your pictures reminded me. My thoughts and prayers go out to you. May you be blessed with healing.

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  3. Ohhhh no! worst thing that can happen to a guitarrist… though it would have been worst on the other hand!! I hope it heels very soon! take care x

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  4. I got a sprained in football game three months ago, my finger is abnormal (it is the left index). That’s my story, but I’m not so good at playing, I still learning. I hope you recover fully C:
    You’re amazing in my ears!

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  5. Haha holy shit, that just goes to show how dangerous every day objects can be when mother earth kicks in.

    That umbrella sure took a cheap strike at you man.
    Good thing you’re healing up well though.

    And by the way, do you think that you will maybe upload some extra tutorials now that you’re healing up, or will you be putting that on the shelf for a while?

    I was hoping to see some more basic, very quick tutorials where you just show out the finer details of some of your most popular songs maybe. : )

    Anyways, wish you the best & cheers from Sweden !

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  6. Hey Tobias, I hope your finger gets better so that you can keep on playing because you are so talented. Quick question, how long did it take you to learn how to play this percussive style you play? One more question, how long does it take you to make a rift? Thank you for inspiring me to become a better guitar player and again get well.

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    1. Thanks a lot all healed up already! It took me around 3-4 years. A riff is created pretty fast mostly a couple of minutes or hours until it’s round. The difficult part is to compose a comprehensive song out of it.

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