The Guittens are here! I have been bustin’ at the seams to share them with all of YOU! They are available for purchase at: www.GUITTEN.com. They are hand crafted by yours truly.
The Guitten’s purpose is to:
1. Protect the head of the guitar. Why? Because while working with children and elderly over the past 10 years, I have had moments when I needed to use my hands to assist clients/patients. I’ve almost lost control of the head of the guitar. The ends of the strings are very sharp, and can actually draw blood if poked. The Guitten solves that problem by covering the sharp ends.
2. The Guitten hides the tuning pegs. This way, cute little kiddo fingers cannot attempt to re-tune your guitar.
3. If left on while putting your guitar in your gig bag, the Guitten will protect the inside of your bag from ruin. See this photo. This was my gig bag before I started using the Guitten.
So, with all of that, I created the Guitten (patent pending) to protect the head of the guitar. They fit any standard acoustic guitar head. At this point, I have four collections. They can be purchased at www.guitten.com
The collections include: Flower Garden, Backyard Buddies, Farm Friends, and the Easter Guitten Collection. Each Guitten has it’s very own name.
Flower Garden Guitten Collection
Top row from the left: Partita Petals, Green Gatsby, Patchen Polka, Banjo Blue. Bottom row from left: Seresa Sunflower, Pinky Petals, Eartha Blossom.
I’m using adaptive bells today. My goal is to share successful examples of how musical instruments can be changed to fit everyone’s personal style and physical special needs. Some clients I work with have special needs. They are in wheelchairs, have limited range of motion, and some have vision problems. I really want them to be able to play music the way they have requested to perform, which is usually independently. So, I do my darndest to create adaptive supports for young people to make music, and transform them into music performers rather than music listeners alone. Playing with a group gives a young person with disabilities all the benefits that performing music offers. Adaptive equipment levels the “playing field.” They gain confidence, camaraderie with the group, independence, and hands-on musical experiences that are fun for everyone involved.
These hand bells are put through drilled holes in the back of the “Guitar Box” that I made for holding a guitar horizontally (see previous post). Then, they use a weighted mallet to hit the bells.
Below are some song charts used with the bells. Clients use the charts or they follow my verbal cues.
If you have any questions, please leave your comments or questions below.
I am inspired by my clients to create adaptive equipment. I create things that I think will help them to be more independent in their music making. Yes, I can use POWER TOOLS! 🙂
Client meets the “Guitar Box.”
The “Guitar Box” was designed for clients who have limited ability to play the guitar in the traditional manner, but have a huge desire to play it.
For my clients with limited grip strength to hold a typical-sized guitar pick, I made this adaptation.
I cut this pick from an oversized guitar pick, then used adhesive velcro to connect it to the client’s hand.
I put these two adaptations together along with a Chord Buddy. I assist with pressing the chord buttons. This whole package creates a terrific opportunity for the client to feel in control of his/her guitar playing.
Stay tuned to see how I make the back of the “guitar box” useful as well for other instruments.