Category: Music

Guitar Modification

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---- CUSTOMIZED ADAPTATION --------- PURPOSE: To create a custom adaptation for a guitar for an individual with left side hemiplegia in arm and leg due to stroke. An individual was a self-taught and lover of playing the guitar experienced a stroke that resulted in a left side hemiplegia in his arm and leg making the muscles on this side of his body weak. He had to learn how to walk again which he does with a cane. This also meant, he was no longer able to play the guitar because of the weakness in his left shoulder and arm muscles. Knowing that that he missed playing the guitar, Stuart’s family presented him with a lap slide guitar which they thought might be easier for him to play. The young man’s therapist at Westmead Rehabilitation Hospital referred him to TAD and an occupational therapist. The volunteer built a guide rail to attach onto the guitar’s neck but it was also completely removable. This was to act as a guide for the slide so that it would not slip off the strings when the young man played the guitar. The volunteer colored the adaptation to match the guitar so that it maintained the aesthetic. The volunteer also built a wooden saddle support to hold the slide so that the young man didn’t have to put it on his finger. He attached the saddle to a broom handle which the young man could control. A neoprene glove was obtained so that the young man could get a good grip of the handle. The names are of the chords are marked on the guide rail so the young man can see what chords he is playing. Finally, a non-slip material was provided to place on the young man’s lap so that the guitar would not slide off. He is now on the road to learning the guitar and making music again! TITLE: Stuart’s Slide Guitar. JOURNAL: TAD Journal. REF: Volume 32, Number 3, December 2012: p. 11. PAGES: 2 with cover.


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TAD is a charity organisation that has the authority to fundraise. TAD uses volunteers dedicated to the design, construction and provision of aids for people with disabilities. Members of TAD provide a resource pool comprising a range of design, engineering, rehabilitation, computer, therapy and other professional and technical skills. Aids custom-designed by TAD volunteers are described in the TAD Journal.

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