Dean Zimmer is a rock drummer who lives in California. He was born with arthrogryposis, which means that he has a limited range of movement in his limbs. I spoke with Dean last week to learn more about his story and adaptive technique. Dean grew up in a small town in South Dakota. He attended … Continue reading Dean Zimmer at the Drum Set
About 6 years ago, I created a soprano recorder brace out of a plastic thumb rest, a wooden dowel, a screw, some glue, and some foam. I use this brace today and I made one for my alto recorder, as well. They are not fancy, but they work. After dreaming about doing this for ages, I finally … Continue reading I invented something! And you can, too!
Last week I had the opportunity to interview Tony Memmel, a singer/songwriter and guitarist from Nashville. Tony has performed all over the world and has received many awards for his music. He recently co-wrote a song that was selected as one of the Top 40 Songs of the Quarter by Nashville Songwriters Association International (NSAI)! … Continue reading Featured Artist: Tony Memmel
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!
Ever thought you needed two functioning arms to play the ukulele? Think again! The Ukulele Strum Buddy is a device that allows the player to control a pick using a foot or knee. I recently spoke to Tavit Smith, the man who dreamed of this amazing contraption. Tavit has had a fascinating career; he has … Continue reading Ukulele Strum Buddy