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What strings recommended ? Player with degenerative tendons in chord hand

#1 User is offline   SubseaUK 

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Posted 09 January 2018 - 09:58 AM

Hi all
I have degenerative tendons in my chord hand and would like you guys to give informed opinion on what gauge strings I should or could use to extend playing life on a LP Traditional HP ??

Cheers
Kev
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Posted 09 January 2018 - 12:15 PM

Sorry to hear that Kev. I'd go with a light gauge. Maybe 8's or even 7's like Billy Gibbons uses. I never tried 7's so I can't recommend them. I have finger problems too and I use a hybrid blend. They go .009, .011, .016, .026, .036, .046. They are light enough for me to bend easily without being too easy. You're going to have to try some and see what works for you. Good luck!
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Posted 10 January 2018 - 03:36 AM

Many/most musician folks of a certain age :blink: experience some form of hand 'challenge'.......

Tendonitis, carpal tunnel, RSI, arthritis etc etc

Guitarists, violinists, flautists, pianists, accordionists.....[scared]

I have been down to 8's on electric, but reverted to 9's for intonation reasons

I read that Billy Gibbons used heavier strings until he spoke with BB King......[thumbup]

Another maybe obvious strategy is to keep a mental note of playing/practice times and perceived problems with pain or discomfort

Warm the hands thoroughly before playing

Consider hand massage from a physiotherapist.....some sports massage oils are very effective.....[thumbup]

Caution with taking pain killers

Good Luck....!!

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Posted 10 January 2018 - 12:05 PM

I concur about the lighter gauge strings.

I have arthritis in my thumbs and barring is painful. I am figuring out different ways to play those chords.
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Posted 18 January 2018 - 05:26 AM

Thanks for all the input guys, all much apprreciated. [thumbup]
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Posted 18 January 2018 - 10:39 AM

View PostSubseaUK, on 09 January 2018 - 09:58 AM, said:

Hi all
I have degenerative tendons in my chord hand and would like you guys to give informed opinion on what gauge strings I should or could use to extend playing life on a LP Traditional HP ??

Cheers
Kev

Do like Iommi did go lighter and tune down.
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