Roy’s Left Hand
Not only did Roy lose the fingers on his left hand but also lost the sight in his left eye.
As a result of this childhood accident, Roy is unable to hold and chord any stringed instrument in the usual fashion.
With a great determination, dedication and the love of music, Roy overcame what some would call a handicap. Not only is Roy an astonishing fiddler but an amazing guitarist.
At the age of 25, Roy decided he wanted to play the fiddle. He used that same determination to play dobro, mandolin and some piano.
With the help of family and a few good friends, Roy developed a device he calls the “Gut Strap.”
Using a belt, Roy fastens the “Gut Strap” around his waist. The cushioned arm holds the fiddle in place as he plays or frets over the top. A large rubber band is fastened over the neck of the fiddle to keep it from ‘floating’ when pressure is applied as he frets the fiddle.