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Postby noterman » Tue Aug 02, 2005 3:55 pm

Hi, I'm Bill. I'm interested in resonators. A hand injury prevents me from playing guitars and most other instruments. I'm hoping the I will be able to learn how to play with a steel.

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Postby panhead74 » Tue Aug 02, 2005 4:26 pm

Welcome to the Road, Bill...make sure to check out the archives in the slide conference...lots of good stuff on reso's. Also...ask Ric about lap steel.
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Postby ricochet » Tue Aug 02, 2005 5:12 pm

Hi, Bill!

Lots of folks slide with hand problems.

I've been bottlenecking for about 4 years. (Don't have a bad hand, but I just about tore my right arm off 5 years ago and couldn't play more than about 5 minutes at a time for a good while. Shoulder still acts up if I get carried away with it.) Just started lap sliding. You'll have a lot easier time if you get a steel with a handle on top, and a light one, like the Shubb GS steel with the wooden handle. A round steel tone bar is harder to manage. My carpal tunnel syndrome starts acting up and my fingers go numb if I play much with one of those. Also, the lap steel works better if you play it on a desk or table instead of in your lap. Playing in the lap makes you bend your wrist more; I start having fingers go numb with that, too, after a while. Bottlenecking's easier on your hand and wrist if you keep the guitar in a position sort of like the Spanish classical players, with the guitar high and the neck high and close to your body so the wrist is straight.

If badfinger sees this, he can offer some helpful hints, I'm sure.



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Postby noterman » Tue Aug 02, 2005 10:14 pm

Thanks for the welcome, and for the advice. Part of the problem is that I can't grip a typical steel, or position my hand to use a slide on a finger (if you cup your left hand, palm down you will get a better idea of my predicament). I currently play mtn. dulcimer using a noter fitted in a "handle" and was thinking that type of set-up might work. I'm saving up for one of the cheaper instruments so I can start experimenting.

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Postby ricochet » Tue Aug 02, 2005 11:43 pm

Yeah, that'll take some experimenting to find what you can hold that'll work, but it sounds like lap slide (with the guitar elevated to desktop level) is the way to go.

Over on Musicians Friend you'll find an Artisan lap steel on sale for $60. It's really a very playable, good sounding little instrument. I've got one. There's more discussion of them down in "Equipment Blues," I think.

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Postby ricochet » Tue Aug 02, 2005 11:44 pm

BTW, I've played mountain dulcimer the traditional way with a noter since 1980. That little lap steel reminds me tremendously of my dulcimer.

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Postby nizer » Wed Aug 03, 2005 9:43 pm

Hi Bill, welcome to BRB. There are lots of great sliders here. Have fun!
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Postby mickeypainless » Thu Aug 04, 2005 2:57 am

Hello Bill! WELCOME!
I have dyslexic fingers so after many years of trial and error playin finger style I discovered slide... ohhhhh whatta world of change! The cool thang is that my finger style and creativity have improved a bunch thru playin slide! I Look fwd to hearin from ya about yer progress!
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Postby maxx england » Thu Aug 04, 2005 10:16 am

[updated:LAST EDITED ON Aug-04-05 AT 06:19 AM (EST)]Welcome home Bill, everyone here is with you.

I have dyslexic fingers so after many years of trial and
>error playin finger style I discovered slide... ohhhhh
>whatta world of change!

It's called dyspraxia, I got it too, a form of poor coordination usually affecting people with high IQ. Of course we could be the odd ones out.
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Postby ricochet » Thu Aug 04, 2005 2:47 pm

>It's called dyspraxia, I got it too, a form of poor
>coordination usually affecting people with high IQ.

That's a good line. I think I'll use it, too.



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RE: Hi

Postby trguitar » Sun Aug 07, 2005 2:00 am

Welcome Noterman! My fingers work great but I'm pulling for you to have things work out cause the guitbox is where it's at. When I was a teenager I had a hand problem that caused a priapism .......
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RE: Hi

Postby ricochet » Sun Aug 07, 2005 12:36 pm

>When I was a teenager I had a hand problem that caused a priapism .......

That sounds backward.



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Postby trguitar » Sun Aug 07, 2005 4:10 pm

>>When I was a teenager I had a hand problem that caused a priapism .......
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>That sounds backward.
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I think it was a catch 22 situation????
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Postby noterman » Mon Aug 08, 2005 2:49 am

Thanks for all the warm greetings. I'm having a ball digging thru all the archives while I wait to get a reso. I'm leaning towards a wood bodied Rogue spider.
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Postby bruneau » Wed Aug 10, 2005 5:52 am

Welcome Bill!!!
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