Django Reinhardt created a new style of jazz guitar after damaging two fingers in a fire. Tony Iommi invented heavy metal after losing his fingertips in a factory accident. Percussionist Evelyn Glennie, who lost her hearing in childhood, has taught us how to listen to music with every part of our body – not just our ears. Disabled musicians have often helped push music forward, approaching their instruments in new and exciting ways.
Now, technology is enabling the creation of brand new instruments to suit musicians’ particular needs and skills, with organizations such as Drake Music and OpenUp Music leading the way.