I’ve been having some challenges with my hands this year. It’s been pretty emotionally draining as I can’t play fiddle or guitar. It’s not like I’m great at either, but learning tunes and practicing has been great for my mental health, and I aspire to some day play with some of yous.
I’ve spent some of the time ear training, and working on internalizing tunes by singing them, but I’m yearning for an instrument.
I got a whistle, but my lungs / breathing aren’t so good (aka bad). I’ve never had much lung capacity, even when I was in great hurling shape, and I’m not in great hurling shape anymore.
My main challenge is bending my thumb at the first joint (so there’s tip of the thumb, first knuckle, and then there’s that barely a knuckle joint - that one doesn’t bend much). I can’t reach my thumbs to the pad of my pinky without much force, and it’s pretty stiff.
So any string or breathe instruments seem out for me.
Any recommendations? I know you use the thumb with concertina, but is it just an open hold and a push down, or does it require a tight "pull in"?
I’ve looked at some videos of the Uillean pipes, but can’t really tell.
Anyone have any opinions (I know it’s rare to have people with opinions here).
PS: I’m now escalating to a hand specialist. That’s really what I’m down to. A hand specialist and the wisdom of The Session. 🙂