So my left hand was burned when I was a boy and while I have enough mobility in that hand to get around just fine in most of my life, I do notice limitations when I'm playing.
I'd thought about having surgery do get it fixed (if possible) but about that time, I stumbled across Django Reinhardt and while looking at a picture of him one day, I realized his left hand looks very similar to mine in terms of what being burned did to him. That and having to go through physical therapy to regain use of my hand (again) convinced me stubborn, not surgery was the answer. Why is stubborn the answer so often?
I do fine picking, although my pinky only gets used on the A and occasionally the E string. When I'm playing chords, I find I do ok by playing triads with the roots on the G or D string and playing up the neck as necessary. This gets me a good mix of major, minor and a handful of Dominant VII chords. I also do the root on the A string, but this seems more limiting to me. I played my first bluegrass jam last week and found myself gazing in a mixture of awe and jealousy as the other mando player was doing all these big 4-fingers chops that I just can't do. But she was a really good player and a very nice person so that made it ok.
So. Anyone else have any similar stories?