Tim Cleary wrote:I was also told that guitar and pulse are mutually exclusive, but I still don't see it. (on my callused hand I find that just off the edge of the guitar-induced callus is actually more sensitive for touch than my non-callused hand.. which is the bit I use to take the pulse)
As a long-time mandolinist practicing meridian therapy, i agonized over this for years. I quit playing for long periods while learning the style. When i was doing the summer school in Tokyo one year, i met a long-time Toyohari member with one hand. How does he take pulses, how does he do oshide? He adapts.
Not playing made me very anxious and depressed -- a sort of soul loss which affected my treatments much more than any (perceived) loss of sensitivity in a few tiny areas of the fingertips of one hand.
In any case, i certainly can't say i'm any kind of expert in pulse diagnosis, so take my comment FWIW.
p.s.: I played congas professionally for years in Afro-Brazilian and Afro-Cuban bands, but i stopped playing before i went to acupuncture school. I don't remember calluses being a real serious issue, but then i used to tape my fingers (mostly to reduce stress on the IP joints). I've known some excellent players who have pretty soft hands -- they're really good at pulling out the sound.