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I recently had an accident, and I'm not going to be able to play the saxophone for a good while, at least 2 to 3 weeks. I burned my hand after cooking. Stupidly enough, I put water into hot oil, and it steamed up all over my hand. Got 2nd degree burns on my pointer finger, thumb, and the area in between. So what should I be doing until I can play again, or what should I be doing when I get the skin on my hand back?
 

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Use your good hand to play the top stack notes. Just doodle around and practice long tones to keep your chops up.

Not playing sucks. I was out for a couple of weeks with gum problems. I'm still not 100%. I wish you a quick recovery.
 

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There's a lot to be said for mental practicing. Sit in a quiet room. Close your eyes and let your mind quiet down. Then mentally imagine yourself playing scales, arpeggios, tunes, whatever. Move your fingers or don't, I don't think it matters.

I had to lay off the horn for 2 months when I had my ear surgery. I don't think I lost TOO much, though it did take me about 4 weeks to fully get back up to speed.
 

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saxguy said:
So what should I be doing until I can play again, or what should I be doing when I get the skin on my hand back?
Long tones. You don't need fingers. Make great sound.

When your fingers are useable again, great. In the meantime, give yourself the gift of long tones.
 
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