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Postby Spiked Lunch » Tue Oct 26, 2010 5:43 pm

I'm getting married next summer and need to start thinking about wedding rings.

What are peoples experiences of wearing them whilst playing the guitar?

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Re: Wedding rings.....

Postby Exalted Wombat » Tue Oct 26, 2010 5:52 pm

Spiked Lunch wrote:I'm getting married next summer and need to start thinking about wedding rings.

What are peoples experiences of wearing them whilst playing the guitar?

Mike

You won't be allowed to do gigs anymore, so what difference does it make? :-)

I prefer to remove my wristwatch when playing piano, and have never got along with ring-wearing. But I suppose I could tolerate a lightweight ring if I had to.

DO you HAVE to? It's long-established tradition for the wife to display her status, and I don't think you'd ever shift one from wearing a wedding ring. But plenty of men don't.
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Postby Spiked Lunch » Tue Oct 26, 2010 6:12 pm

Exalted Wombat wrote:
Spiked Lunch wrote:I'm getting married next summer and need to start thinking about wedding rings.

What are peoples experiences of wearing them whilst playing the guitar?

Mike

You won't be allowed to do gigs anymore, so what difference does it make? :-)

I prefer to remove my wristwatch when playing piano, and have never got along with ring-wearing. But I suppose I could tolerate a lightweight ring if I had to.

DO you HAVE to? It's long-established tradition for the wife to display her status, and I don't think you'd ever shift one from wearing a wedding ring. But plenty of men don't.

Haha, aged 29, I feel my 'weekend rock star' days are over.....

I don't have to wear a ring but I would really like to.
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Re: Wedding rings.....

Postby Exalted Wombat » Tue Oct 26, 2010 7:02 pm

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Exalted Wombat wrote:
Spiked Lunch wrote:I'm getting married next summer and need to start thinking about wedding rings.

What are peoples experiences of wearing them whilst playing the guitar?

Mike

You won't be allowed to do gigs anymore, so what difference does it make? :-)

I prefer to remove my wristwatch when playing piano, and have never got along with ring-wearing. But I suppose I could tolerate a lightweight ring if I had to.

DO you HAVE to? It's long-established tradition for the wife to display her status, and I don't think you'd ever shift one from wearing a wedding ring. But plenty of men don't.

Haha, aged 29, I feel my 'weekend rock star' days are over.....

I don't have to wear a ring but I would really like to.


So what do you want us to say? Choose a nice ring and wear it if you want to. If it gets in the way of your guitar technique, wear it in your pocket while playing. Neither your wife or any God you may subscribe to will mind.
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Postby Spiked Lunch » Tue Oct 26, 2010 7:27 pm

Exalted Wombat wrote: So what do you want us to say? Choose a nice ring and wear it if you want to. If it gets in the way of your guitar technique, wear it in your pocket while playing. Neither your wife or any God you may subscribe to will mind.



I don't subscribe to any religion and my future wife wouldn't mind if I took if off - I'd mind though as I'd likely loose it at some point if I was always taking on and off.

I was just interested in some personal experience from ring wearing guitarists, that's all.

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Postby Nolum » Tue Oct 26, 2010 7:33 pm

Congrats Mike!! I played a song for my wife at my own wedding reception and it definitely felt weird. However, it didn't take long before I was completely accustomed to it, and now it's not even a consideration. Just make sure you get something that's comfortable and fits well, as you should anyway.
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Postby Spiked Lunch » Tue Oct 26, 2010 7:42 pm

Nolum wrote:Congrats Mike!! I played a song for my wife at my own wedding reception and it definitely felt weird. However, it didn't take long before I was completely accustomed to it, and now it's not even a consideration. Just make sure you get something that's comfortable and fits well, as you should anyway.

Thanks Nolum, that's good to hear. Do you think the thickness/length of the ring makes a huge difference?
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Re: Wedding rings.....

Postby SparkyG » Tue Oct 26, 2010 7:46 pm

I can't wear a ring on my left hand whilst playing at all. Best not too anyway, keep the audience guessing ;-)


Never wear my wedding ring anymore anyway, too many years when in the Army jumping up and down off wagons, many people lose fingers that way and I just got out of the habit of wearing it. Not even sure I know where it is ;-(
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Re: Wedding rings.....

Postby Spiked Lunch » Tue Oct 26, 2010 8:04 pm

SparkyG wrote:I can't wear a ring on my left hand whilst playing at all. Best not too anyway, keep the audience guessing ;-)


Never wear my wedding ring anymore anyway, too many years when in the Army jumping up and down off wagons, many people lose fingers that way and I just got out of the habit of wearing it. Not even sure I know where it is ;-(

Hmm, not so good to hear

I guess this is going to be suck-it-and-see!
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Re: Wedding rings.....

Postby caveman82 » Tue Oct 26, 2010 8:39 pm

Congratulations Mike.

Great to hear the big news.
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Postby Findo » Tue Oct 26, 2010 9:13 pm

congrats!

get one big enough to play slide with..

um.. i take mine off, though tbh i don't think it impedes playing - it's just habit. and anyway its not very rock and roll to be married is it... so best if the groupies don't know

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Postby onesecondglance » Tue Oct 26, 2010 9:35 pm

for the first couple of weeks after i got married i kept taking my ring off to play - i was afraid of scratching it! eventually stopped bothering and now i don't notice it. i wear it 24/7 so there's no weight issue - yes, it was noticeably heavy at first but a couple of days later you never feel it.

the only problem i have now is that i constantly fiddle with it...
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Re: Wedding rings.....

Postby Spiked Lunch » Tue Oct 26, 2010 10:01 pm

Thanks guys!

I think I'm going to get something fairly traditional, not too big, not too small and with no hard edges. I'll work on my slide technique
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Re: Wedding rings.....

Postby Mike Stranks » Tue Oct 26, 2010 10:05 pm


Doesn't seem to cause Mr Giltrap any problems...

Gordon Giltrap ' "Heartsong"

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Re: Wedding rings.....

Postby cjed » Tue Oct 26, 2010 10:15 pm

I've been wearing one while playing for the last 13 years - never noticed any problems. In my case it's just a simple gold band.
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Re: Wedding rings.....

Postby zenguitar » Wed Oct 27, 2010 1:31 am

I was going to suggest using it as a discrete slide too, but in all honestly it's not a great idea. Silver rings are great for slide, but gold is too soft really and it'll wear out too fast.

A simple gold band is fine. Aim for a snug comfortable fit, and something with an oval profile rather than a D profile. Soon ends of feeling invisible.

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Re: Wedding rings.....

Postby Jack Ruston » Wed Oct 27, 2010 5:34 am

Dunno about playing guitar but it's definitely harder to pull with it on.
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Re: Wedding rings.....

Postby ryan mead » Wed Oct 27, 2010 5:51 am

I might be weird but I just wear it on my right hand.
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Re: Wedding rings.....

Postby Jabba1 » Wed Oct 27, 2010 7:05 am

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Hah.... many a true word spoken in jest!
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Re: Wedding rings.....

Postby Steve Hill » Wed Oct 27, 2010 7:36 am

I have worn a ring since 1976, it's never bothered me. It'll feel funny at first, then you get used to it.

Don't get into the habit of taking it off to play. It's a sure way to end up losing it.

You could always see how she feels about doing something a bit unconventional, and exchange new guitars instead...
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Re: Wedding rings.....

Postby grab » Wed Oct 27, 2010 8:47 am

I sometimes take mine off, sometimes don't.

For a "losing your wedding ring" solution, I've got a karabiner on my keyring, so I can clip the ring onto that and it won't get lost. I can then also clip the keyring to anything else, so *that* won't get lost. Alternatively, just stick the ring in the back pocket of your jeans - no-one ever puts anything else in there (unless it's hanky code and they're tight enough that the ring won't fall out accidentally.
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Re: Wedding rings.....

Postby Music Wolf » Wed Oct 27, 2010 9:01 am

First time around I didn't bother with a ring.

Second time I did and I would wear whilst practicing at home but always took it off before practicing with the band or gigging.

It may be the shape of my fingers but it was always coming off accidentally, especially if my hands were cold or wet. I lost and found it a few times and eventally lost it for good a few years ago (didn't notice it had gone until I was getting ready for bed, it may well turn up in the garden on day).

I've never replaced it but it still effects my playing;

I'm unable to practice at home for more than 30 minutes at a time (and being able to spend several, uninterrupted, hours recording is a rare event indeed).

I've also developed some strange form of tinnitus. Whenever I attempt anything guitar related - be it playing, trying out new gear or even just reading about it - I hear a droning noise. It's probably related to the British climate because this week I've been away on business in Japan and en route to the airport I was able to spend a couple of hours in Ochanomizu (Tokyo's equivalent to Denmark St) without so much as a murmur
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Re: Wedding rings.....

Postby SecretSam » Wed Oct 27, 2010 10:01 am

There are, of course, many reasons why acquiring a wedding ring can be problematic - and interference with guitar playing is a long way down the list.
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Postby Spyder2 » Wed Oct 27, 2010 1:54 pm

No problems with a wedding ring - apart from the other aspects people have hinted at - but I used to wear a ring on my little finger and I used to get odd squeals when I hit strings with it occasionally, which I quite liked at the time. But then I tried jumping off an old London bus with the pole at the back door one day, and hung by my finger off a rivet on the pole. Luckily the ring split so I fell off the bus, unfortunalely it then closed again through the skin. So I stopped wearing that one
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Re: Wedding rings.....

Postby SparkyG » Wed Oct 27, 2010 4:46 pm

Spyder

Nasty, A good solid wedding ring may have left your finger on the bus!!!
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Re: Wedding rings.....

Postby IainR » Wed Oct 27, 2010 5:43 pm

If you're good enough the groupies aint going to care. Though of course the dearly beloved may have an opinion on that...
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Re: Wedding rings.....

Postby Nolum » Wed Oct 27, 2010 7:22 pm

Spiked Lunch wrote:
Nolum wrote:Congrats Mike!! I played a song for my wife at my own wedding reception and it definitely felt weird. However, it didn't take long before I was completely accustomed to it, and now it's not even a consideration. Just make sure you get something that's comfortable and fits well, as you should anyway.

Thanks Nolum, that's good to hear. Do you think the thickness/length of the ring makes a huge difference?

Hey Mike,

Can't say much to how the make of the ring affects things as I've only ever worn one ring! However, my tastes are simple and so is my ring, so there's nothing fancy getting in the way. I never take it off so I never had the "is it better on or off?" debate-- it's just always on and I don't even think about it anymore.
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Re: Wedding rings.....

Postby zenguitar » Wed Oct 27, 2010 7:41 pm

I've kept this for over 15 years as a reminder.

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The ring was on my finger when the Turbosound amp rack landed on it.

After that I always made a point of taking my rings off before working in the back of the truck, and in my workshop.

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Re: Wedding rings.....

Postby Dynamic Mike » Thu Oct 28, 2010 12:52 am

I bought a wedding ring from argos for twenty quid for the ceremony and slipped it off on the way back down the aisle. It lived in a drawer in the kitchen for a few years and now I have no idea and no interest where it is. If that sort of symbolism is important to you then I'm sure you'll get used to wearing it, fortunately I seem to have survived 26 years of wedded bliss without one.
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Re: Wedding rings.....

Postby Spiked Lunch » Thu Oct 28, 2010 1:14 am

I've just come back from a boozy dinner so beers, wine and whiskey are limiting what I can say right now other than thanks for all the responses - they're a bit of a mixed bag.

I plan on wearing it 24/7 and I want something traditional. I'm feeling confident that it's not going to cause me a long term headache.

We shall see

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