Disabled guitarist finds new way to play
Guitarist Billy McLaughlin was diagnosed with a debilitating neuromuscular condition called focal dystonia that prevented him from using his left hand. So, he spent six years training his right hand to do what came naturally to his left. Jeff Glor reports on his inspiring journey.
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For twenty years, Billy McLaughlin astounded audiences around the world with his complex and rhythmic music. In 2001, Billy was diagnosed with Focal Dystonia, an incurable neuromuscular disorder that rendered him unable to play his own music. By 2002, Billy’s career was over. Then in 2006 he did the unthinkable, he launched a comeback by learning to play the guitar with his opposite hand. He helps audience members learn how to prosper by adapting and refreshing their approach to accomplishing their goals, and he does this through a combination of masterful stories and music.