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Of course you are likely not going to be able to play songs written by others exactly the same way they play them. Here are some ideas for adjusting your playing and/or the guitar to help you at least play chord progressions: Use a capo so you can play mostly open chords. I'm not able to think of a truly open chord that can't be played with only three ...


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I have a few pat answers for this, some that have been mentioned in the comments. Among them: Django Reinhardt was badly burned in a fire and had just two working fingers, and he became a master of jazz guitar. Tony Iommi of Black Sabbath lost the tips of two fretting fingers just before he quit his day job to become a professional musician, and has become ...


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If you're serious about your musical career, it is imperative that you get together with a physical therapist who is WELL VERSED in the issues that musicians (particularly pianists and violinists) face. It is a specialized problem that needs specialized approaches. It's much like the sports-medicine folks... What is likely happening is that you are ...


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As @ToddWilcox suggested above, alternate tunings will aid your fingering. In particular, I would recommend that you investigate the DADGAD tuning. In this tuning, many chords reduce to a barre with one or two additional fingers. See the wiki page on this for further details. Many celtic tunes employ this tuning, but appears in rock as well, such as Led ...



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