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How important is the ring finger when playing guitar, if you have damaged your ring finger on the left hand, and you're right handed?

I have always wanted to learn guitar, and I own two of them but don't actually know how to read music or play proper songs. However, I cannot bend the Distal Interphalangeal Joint in the ring finger of my left hand, so I want to know if this will affect my ability to play guitar. Why can I not bend it? I was a stupid kid and thought it would be a good idea to play near a fence, and sliced open all four of my fingers on my left hand, cutting into the cartilage of my ring finger.
I want to learn to read music and play guitar, but I need to know if this will add to the difficulty of learning or playing guitar :P

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its pretty much just as important as any other finger, but I think you can still play.

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Thank you :)
I wasn't sure if it would interfere when trying to play certain notes, because of the different positions in which the fingers have to be placed on the strings.
Hopefully I will be okay when playing guitar. It will just take a bit of getting used to I suppose.
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You can learn to play the guitar while fingering the chords with your right hand. That would mean all your left hand would have to do is strum. It shouldn't matter if this is the left, because you are learning from scratch anyway. Some lefties even play right-handed guitars upside down.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_musicians_who_play_left_handed

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I am not quite ambidextrous though so I don't know how I'd go using my right hand to hold the strings and the left hand to strum. I mean, I could surely try because you're right, I would be pretty well learning from scratch, but I am right handed and may find this a bit difficult.
Thank you, I will try this idea, and it could perhaps help with my ambidexterity. Just don't know how I'd go as I have relied too much on my right hand to do everything ^_^
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It's pretty cool that you're going to try and learn a new skill. I wish you luck, however you choose to learn it.
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Thank you so much! I hope all goes well for me :D
It is not often that I learn a new skill, and learning guitar is a dream of mine, considering how deeply I love music. Guitar has always grabbed my attention, so I thought it is about time I learn to play for myself :)
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You're right handed... trying to do the left hand style playing the guitar is gonna be quite a headache but it is an option.

You'll need all the fingers on your left hand to fully encompass and learn and grasp and be able to execute certain chords. You can still play the guitar. Only you'll be limited with your choices you can play given your err.... hindrance.

You can get over it though. I can teach you. But of course. It's not free.. :P

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Thank you Arun. I hope learning guitar won't be too much of a hassle.
You're right though, I will be limited, which sucks, but I won't be able to play left handed because I am not ambidextrous, so I guess I have no other option than to be limited playing right handedly.
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I can teach you the BASS GUITAR.. It's pretty raw and powerful.. you'll only need one finger from your left hand mostly to execute them chords.
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Perhaps bass is what I should start with, and get used to it, because I will then only need to use one finger, rather than multiple at a time.
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Hey :D
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