Musical Fun, For Everyone!
Making music is lots of fun. In the same way children with limb differences are encouraged to participate in sport, the same drive should be applied to helping them enjoy music!
For many children, having an upper limb difference can be a barrier to making music as most instruments need two dexterous hands and arms to play. However, there are organisations such as OHMI Trust that are trying to change that by making instrument adaptations specially designed for people with physical disabilities.
Their instruments and adaptations cover woodwind, strings, brass and electronic instruments, such as...
This adaptation provides one-handed ability to play a full chromatic scale. Operation of the keys normally played with the right is achieved by using micro-switches located on, or around, the left hand keys.
This 3D printed one-handed recorder is achieved by the addition of extra key-work that gives the player access to notes the missing hand would usually play. This ingenious mechanism allows performance over the full range of the recorder with just one hand.
A conventional guitar requires the player to use one hand to select a note on the fretboard and another to play the strings. In contrast, notes on The Chapman Stick can be generated by a simple and direct tap of the string on the fretboard with the finger of one hand. Note selection and actuation of the string are combined in a single one-handed action, meaning that people with an upper limb difference can play!
Trombone Support Brackets are a range of small clips that may be fixed to a cymbal stand to hold different models of trombone steady for one-handed playing. It can also be completely assembled and dismantled using only one hand.
Last but definitely not least... you've probably seen Abby Caulk aka One-handed Drummer extraordinaire going viral, but did you know she invented the assistive strap she uses herself.
The elastic/fabric strap allows dynamic movement when playing the drums and is described by Abby to work a lot better than the duct tape she used to use, playing the drums since she was 13!
Here is Abby describing just how it works:
Do you play an instrument? If so, what?