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!
I recently had the extraordinary pleasure of communicating with Felix Klieser, one of the best French Horn players in the world. Felix kindly shared some information with me about his training and technique as a horn player who plays with his feet. Valerie: How did you make a stand for your instrument? Did you try … Continue reading Felix Klieser: Professional French Horn Player
Belts are useful. They hold up your pants. Or, if you need a little extra support, your violin. I learned about this adaptation from Samantha, a fiddle player in California. When Samantha was twenty-one, she was in a car accident. Even though she had no major injuries from the accident, her neck hurt playing … Continue reading Another Use for Belts
Guess what! You can play clarinet with one hand! I am so excited to tell you about this new instrument! Peter Worrell, an instrument maker in the UK, has done tremendous work for musicians with limb differences. He recently developed a one-handed clarinet! As you may know from my previous posts, instrument stands are … Continue reading There is a one-handed clarinet!
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!