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Brian plays bass

Posted 15 October 2019 in Stories

A man sits in a powerchair and plays an electric bass guitar

Brian is a great music fan, and plays bass guitar in several local bands, with music ranging from popular hits, blues, country and western, and jazz. His hairstyle is modelled on one of his music heroes Willie Nelson, complete with the iconic pigtail. He also likes Bob Dylan music and says that he is progressively persuading his wife Kath to enjoy it too! His first bass guitar was a “music man” from the USA. He now has several others in his collection, both electric and acoustic.

Brian and Kath live in Littlehampton with their 2 assistance dogs – Ted and Marine. Brian’s medical condition has deteriorated over the last 20 years or more so that a wheelchair is an essential requirement. He was beginning to lose enthusiasm for playing his guitar because the load on his neck was restricting the movement of his arms and fingers.

A simple solution by Remap, has provided Brian with a removable bracket on which to rest the guitar, replaced by his normal arm rest when not in music mode.

After initial discussions with local charity officers with occupational therapy expertise, Remap volunteer Paul visited Brian to engineer the solution and to make the removable guitar rest at his own home. Suitable decoration and padding were added by Kath with Brian’s approval.

Here’s a video of Brian trying out his new wheelchair mod:

Brian says, ”I can’t thank Remap enough. They have renewed my enthusiasm for my music, and my arms and hands can play more freely without the weight of the guitar around my neck. From my initial enquiry through to completion by Paul, the whole process was a matter of a few weeks. I can do some tinkering in my own workshop, but I could not have done this without Remap. They have helped me to enjoy my hobby even more, without the constraints of my disability.”

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