Biblioteca de la Guitarra y Cuerda Pulsada

Biblioteca de la Guitarra y Cuerda Pulsada

Learn to play the guitar: A prosthetic´s viewpoint

In recent years, more exposure has been given to amputees who push the use of their prosthesis beyond its intended limit.  People who use prosthetics do not like to think that because  they have a disability, they have to refrain from competing in athletics and those activities that "normal" individuals can easily do with practice. The Paralympic Games is a prime example of this. Bethany Anglin lost her forearm to cancer at an early age.  After several years of learning to accomplish the basic needs of eating, writing, etc., she now wants to pursue her hobbies. One of these hobbies is playing the guitar. This task is not easy for an individual with one arm but that doesn't stop Bethany. Currently, she is using a crude prosthetic with a pick on the end fabricated by one of her doctors. According to Bethany, this prosthetic is not sufficient in allowing her to play the guitar with ease or efficiency. Using an existing computer software program (Visual Instruction Systemv 4.0) that is primarily used to analyze athletes' body mechanics, Bethany was filmed playing the guitar in  order to compare her movements with a local guitar instructor.  These clips were used to determine the correct plan of action in helping her play the guitar.  It is believed that a new prosthetic can be designed in order for Bethany to improve her technique and in tum, improve her hobby of playing the...

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