deepblue Posted October 12, 2009 Report Share Posted October 12, 2009 I was just watching Canada A.M. Liona Boyd was one of the guests...For those who dont know her shes Canadas first lady of Classical guitar. She was taught by Segovia among others. I was wondering why we havent heard much from her these days....It turns out she has a neurological disorder that was caused by the guitar!! Looked up her web site, copied and pasted this....read on. Liona Boyd's life had always been a whirlwind of composing, recording and touring, but in 2003 she was diagnosed with the "incurable neurological disease" of Task Specific Focal Dystonia. She was devastated to discover that her beloved guitar was the cause. Years of repetitive guitar movements had caused her brain maps for the right hand fingers to lose their clarity and the neuroreceptors to smudge. Even a simple arpeggio had become uncoordinated. This was the condition that derailed the careers of many performers such as renowned pianists Leon Fleisher and Gary Graffman. For many years Liona had tried to determine what was going wrong with her fingers until doctors at the The National Institute of Health in Washington, D.C. told her that nothing could ever restore her playing. They claimed the damage was irreversible. She was determined to find a solution and consulted specialists around the world while witnessing her playing deteriorate. In 2003, realising she could no longer perform to her own high standards, she left the concert stage. Ok..im back. Can you guys imagine?...not being able to play anymore? Granted, shes a highly trained classical guitarist 5+ hours a day practising but still. She said in the tv interview it happens more than you think....and she said, and was serious...."Stop practising so much" She must have been crushed beyond belief to lose that gift. Makes you think fellas. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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