The ocarina is an instrument with many variations. Some have four holes, some have six, some have twelve. Some are made of wood, some are made of metal, some are made of plastic. Thanks to the Ocarina Workshop, some can be played with one hand. Christa Liggins at the Ocarina Workshop says that their motto … Continue reading One-Handed Ocarina
David Nabb is a Professor of Music at the University of Nebraska at Keaney. He suffered a stroke in 2000 which paralyzed the left side of his body. Over the course of several years, he worked with Jeff Stelling to design a saxophone that can be played with the right hand alone. David recently gave … Continue reading The Case for Adapted Musical Instruments
The trumpet is a common choice for musicians with limb differences. After all, it only has three valves. Players usually press the valves with whichever hand has more fingers and hold the trumpet with a stand, or, if possible, their other limb. End of story. Almost. When trumpet players reach an intermediate level of playing, … Continue reading Tuneful Triggers
Peter Worrell just released a video demonstration of the one-handed clarinet he designed! It's amazing! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9vci-D7OmKU&t=181s
The more I talk about instrument adaptations, the more I hear about amazing stories and solutions! Through a friend of a friend, I heard about Richard Ferry, a determined flute player who created a handheld support for his adapted instruments. After losing his left index finger in a car accident, Richard needed to find … Continue reading Look, Ma! No hands!