Comments posted organically
Musical Groups selectors, pages, etc.
A musical interlude featuring the greatest two-fingered guitarist ever.

By Curt_Anderson
October 27, 2021 7:23 pm
Category: Musical Groups
(0.0 from 0 votes)
SelectSmart.com    SelectSmart.com    SelectSmart.com


Share
Rules of the Post
Rate this article
(5=best, 0=poor)
5 Stars
4 Stars
3 Stars
2 Stars
1 Star
0 Stars

I've always been a fan of early jazz recordings, especially those of Louis Armstrong, Bix Beiderbecke, Billie Holliday, Stéphane Grappelli, Django Reinhardt and others of that era.

I've known that Reinhardt's hand was injured and deformed by a fire, but I hadn't actually seen a clear video of him playing the guitar by chording with just two fingers until I saw the video below. I played guitar when I was younger, so I have some appreciation for what it takes to finger the frets. It's hard for me to believe what I am seeing and hearing when I watch Reinhardt's left hand.

On the night of 2 November 1928, Reinhardt was going to bed in the wagon that he and his wife shared in the caravan. He knocked over a candle, which ignited the extremely flammable celluloid that his wife used to make artificial flowers. The wagon was quickly engulfed in flames. The couple escaped, but Reinhardt suffered extensive burns over half his body. During his 18-month hospitalization, doctors recommended amputation for his badly damaged right leg. Reinhardt refused the surgery and was eventually able to walk with the aid of a cane.

More crucial to his music, the fourth finger (ring finger) and fifth finger (little) of Reinhardt's left hand were badly burned. Doctors believed that he would never play guitar again. Reinhardt applied himself intensely to relearning his craft, however, making use of a new guitar bought for him by his brother, Joseph Reinhardt, who was also an accomplished guitarist. While he never regained the use of those two fingers, Reinhardt regained his musical mastery by focusing on his left index and middle fingers, using the two injured fingers only for chord work.

Cited and related links:

  1. en.wikipedia.org





The views and claims expressed by contributors are their own and do not necessarily reflect the views and beliefs of SelectSmart.com. Not every statement made here can be assumed to be a fact.
Comments:

  1. by Donna on October 28, 2021 10:33 am
    As a fellow guitarist, I can say that Django was simply amazing.

    I've sort of relearning guitar. Teaching myself finger-style blues. Watching a lot of YouTube videos on by Justin Johnson. I also plan to learn slide.


  2. by Curt_Anderson on November 2, 2021 11:01 pm
    Here is another gifted guitarist who suffered a traumatic injury that would have ended most musical careers but didn't. His obituary appeared today.

    Pat Martino, Jazz Guitarist Who Overcame Amnesia, Dies at 77
    (NY Times)Pat Martino, whose trailblazing career as a jazz guitarist seemed to end prematurely in 1980 when brain surgery left him with no memory, but who then painstakingly relearned the instrument, and his own past, and went on to three more decades of innovative musicianship, died on Monday at his home in South Philadelphia. He was 77.

    Mr. Martino’s playing began drawing attention when he was still a teenager.

    In 1967, when he was in his early 20s, he released his first album, “El Hombre,” on the Prestige label, and a series of well-regarded records followed. At the start of his career he often drew comparisons to earlier jazz guitarists like Wes Montgomery, but by the 1970s he was forging his own sound.

    A condition called arteriovenous malformation, a tangling of arteries and veins, was diagnosed. An aneurysm resulted in emergency surgery to remove a large tumor; when he awoke, he had no memory.

    His parents helped him relearn his past, showing him family photographs and playing him his own albums. Picking up the guitar again was another form of memory recovery.

    By the mid-1980s he was performing again. Jon Pareles, reviewing one performance, at Fat Tuesday’s in Manhattan in 1986, found Mr. Martino as virtuosic and unpredictable as ever.
    nytimes.com
    View Video


  3. by Donna on November 3, 2021 7:53 am
    Interesting and inspiring story.




* Anonymous comments are subject to approval before they appear. Cookies Consent Policy & Privacy Statement. All Rights Reserved. SelectSmart® is a registered trademark. | Contact SelectSmart.com | Advertise on SelectSmart.com | This site is for sale!

Find old posts & articles

Articles by category:
SelectSmart.com
Report spam & abuse
SelectSmart.com home page


From our contributors:
Display Order:
Show of support for abortion rights expected at US rallies
Law by HatetheSwamp     May 14, 2022 8:04 am (Rating: 0.0)
Last comment by Donna (14 comments) [315 views]


‘Pro-Life’ Conservatives Are Mad the Government Isn’t Letting Migrant Infants Starve to Death
Politics by Curt_Anderson     May 15, 2022 11:22 am (Rating: 0.0)
Last comment by Donna (10 comments) [127 views]


Support for abortion rights hits new high as midterm outlook stays mostly unchanged
Law by HatetheSwamp     May 15, 2022 2:33 pm (Rating: 0.0)
Last comment by (0 comments) [19 views]


Alabama law criminalizing gender transition surgery, drugs for minors takes effect
Medical by HatetheSwamp     May 9, 2022 11:40 am (Rating: 0.0)
Last comment by Donna (41 comments) [507 views]


Trump, GOP rivals target Barnette as she threatens to upend Pa. race
Politics by HatetheSwamp     May 15, 2022 3:51 am (Rating: 0.0)
Last comment by (0 comments) [13 views]


Would You Like To See my Pride & Joy?
Family by Curt_Anderson     May 14, 2022 8:35 pm (Rating: 0.0)
Last comment by Donna (1 comments) [51 views]


European countries have sensible abortion laws
Opinion by Donna     May 6, 2022 11:47 pm (Rating: 5.0)
Last comment by HatetheSwamp (99 comments) [1356 views]


Israel kills another Palestinian journalist
Crime by Donna     May 13, 2022 2:50 pm (Rating: 0.0)
Last comment by (0 comments) [15 views]


Dinesh D’Souza PROVES 2020 Election Fraud...PolitiFact: "The faulty premise of the ‘2,000 mules’ trailer about voting by mail in the 2020 election"
Crime by HatetheSwamp     May 9, 2022 4:34 am (Rating: 0.0)
Last comment by HatetheSwamp (2 comments) [89 views]


Why are the Democrats such pansy asses about subpoenas?
Theatre by Donna     May 12, 2022 6:13 pm (Rating: 0.0)
Last comment by HatetheSwamp (5 comments) [102 views]