Many people fail because they quit too soon.
Focal dystonia is an insidious condition, a progressive loss of muscular control in highly practiced movements. If you were an accomplished acoustic guitarist at the top of your game, a diagnosis of focal dystonia would, understandably, leave you in a dark place wondering how you could possibly not be able to play your instrument and be who you are.
Billy McLaughlin is another person who shared his work at Patti Digh’s DYLC last weekend in Georgia. By teaching himself to play guitar another way, he has brought joy back to himself and to others. Here’s a link to Billy’s TEDx Atlanta talk. It’s inspiring. He plays mostly with his eyes closed because he says he can see the music better that way. You can hear it better that way too.