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Downtown Chick
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March 17th, 2018, 3:09 pm #1

I have had a brachial plexis injury for 40 years. I want to learn to play the guitar or banjo. Any advice on how to do this?
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neilrf
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March 18th, 2018, 8:45 pm #2

Hi, welcome to the site. What's the extent of your injury, do you have any movement in your hand and fingers and is the injury to your strumming or fretboard hand?
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March 18th, 2018, 10:54 pm #3

Hi neilrf.
Injury is to my left hand and arm. I don't have any use below my elbow. But i do jave determination...😁
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March 20th, 2018, 10:56 pm #4

Ok, so you are going to have to use your your right hand on the fretboard which would be natural for a left hander. If you are a right hander that makes it even more difficult but since you have determination, not impossible! Some kind of prosthetic attached to your left arm which you could operate with your upper arm/shoulder could be one way to create a strumming motion. Tony Memmel, who has no arm below his elbow, does it this way

If you amplify things you can get away with the need for a strumming hand by using 'hammer on' and 'pull off' technique like Andres Godoy here

Or there's Steve Dalmas who divides the four fingers of his fretting hand - two hammer on the strings while two pluck the notes.
I'm sure there's loads more methods out there, check Google, Youtube etc for inspiration. Best of luck. Neil.
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March 20th, 2018, 10:58 pm #5

Forgot to add the link to Steve - here it is!
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