Solutions for Aspiring Musicians with Disabled Hands

In response to the numerous emails I receive from viewers who are interested in playing guitar, but are concerned due to limited function of their hands or fingers, I made this informative video to encourage them in their quest and offer possible solutions. Please feel free to write if I can be of further assistance. Enjoy the Joy of Music.

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Comment by Gordon Cooper on May 26, 2016 at 12:46am

I can't chord at all-I use a noter, my thumb, a slide or similar, and strum with my left hand.  This makes most of the available CBG learning materials useless for me. A friend is helping me with my first build-a 2 string stick acoustic/electric chugger. Tuning suggestions are appreciated. My 3 string CBG is GDG, and I'd like something different for the chugger. What are good combinations for folk and world music? Thanks!

Comment by Jimmy Clark on January 19, 2016 at 5:26pm
Hey Kenny I am missing the fingers on my right hand is there songs that I can strum I can play a little just new to the cbg . I only have up to the first digit on my hand so can't pick but strum like a mofo lol can you help out ? Thanks jimmy Clark aka Stubby Clark
Comment by David Hutton on February 18, 2015 at 7:02am

Hi Big thanks 

I have a problem with the grip with my left hand as I have a  thing called Carpel Tunnel and I've always wanted to play Guitar but never had the strength to hold down the Strings then a friend put me in contact with Ben of Randy Rooster ' s who has Been so kind and is going to Build a three String Cigar Box Guitar for me and I  know that he will Build a Great One for Me and I'm Like a Kid waiting for Christmas as he is Busy Building so I've got to wait my turn for the Build.

While waiting I have made some great Slides out of Old wine Bottle's and re built an Old Practice Amp with a new cabinet with extra seeker's to give a more mellow Sound and at my Age I was brought up listening to my Mum's Records Blues and Jazz from Big Mother Thornton/Billie Holiday / John Lee Hooke/Jango Rinhart.

So at the moment I'm trying to pick up as much information as possible ( sorry for the pun ) just can't wait to get started on my new Goal in life.

Thanks again     David .

Comment by Keni Lee Burgess on April 21, 2014 at 7:50am

Thank you for sharing Scott. I teach therapeutic exercise too. Patience is definitely a virtue for everyone. Instead of trying to force everything, leading to repeated states of frustration, learning to relax and approach challenges with a good attitude is key. I sum this up as, the slow and steady determination of the tortoise and the happy go lucky spirit of the hare. We all the story. You really need both. We learn simply because we return with renewed determination to the same old task. Failure is expected. I have many success stories to share. As a teacher, I find myself more a motivator than anything else, because ultimately the student does all the work or chooses to give up. Keep to the path.        

Comment by Keni Lee Burgess on March 28, 2013 at 10:31am

My pleasure Frank. Glad I could be of assistance. Enjoy. 

Comment by frank on March 28, 2013 at 12:37am

really very helpfull

Comment by Jonesy on March 5, 2013 at 8:26am

Giving confidence to a lot of people, well done.

Comment by Keni Lee Burgess on May 6, 2012 at 6:14am

Thank you Garrett for your comment. Please let me know, if I can be of any further assistance. Enjoy your practice.  

Comment by Garrett on May 5, 2012 at 8:43am

Brilliant! Thanks for sharing!

Comment by Keni Lee Burgess on February 26, 2011 at 5:24pm
Thank you Steve for sharing personally. I am glad to hear you found solutions for your situation. I am sure it will help to inspire others to persist. Enjoy, Keni Lee  

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