As we all know, I just recently designed and rapid prototyped a guitar pick holder for my prosthetic hook.
And guess what, this guitar pick holder also perfectly fits my iLimb revolution, certainly making me the first official "Cyborg AND 3d-print" endowing prosthetic arm guitar player, like, ever ; ) That just got to be raising hell, getting all these new hyped up slogan words lined up, like, together. Plus, this is just a really first test, as in, first minutes. I put in on, and 5 minutes later, this.
I was searching for a practical way to get back to playing guitar with a pick for quite a while. I knew what I wanted - I just had to make it happen.
Recent advances to do the really important things in life not only cover exploits regarding bike riding.
Also, people were at it trying to improve their guitar picking.
Carsten Werner from Köln (Germany) - also a right below elbow amputee - allowed me to web publish his design and implementation for a plectrum mount. With that, he passed the entry test for a Jazz College back in 1988. And with all due respect for other one handed guitar players, that is an achievement I find hard to match.
The design contains a round piece of metal with one part bent up straight. Against that, a metal bar is squeezed with two screws. The rest - semi circular slit for rotationally variant mounting - is self evident from the photographs. In terms of positioning on the socket, it appears to be necessary to place the plectrum close to the end of the radius bone - or wherever else you feel most comfortable.
There is a number of people that play guitar or bass guitar with just one hand. Here is an overview over whom I found in the World Wild Web. Obviously, both technique and equipment are modified to match the player's preferences and I am always interested in learning about, obviously, both.
In the meantime, I have
- developed a 3D-printed guitar pick holder [link]
- obtained images and permission to share a successful jazz guitarist's prosthetic arm details [link]