As a longstanding reader of G&B, having read with interest some of your letters, I thought you might be interested in me. I am 66 years old and have played the guitar since I was 10. I’ve been in various bands along the way, although purely self-taught. For the last 20 years I have suffered from osteoarthritis that has affected various parts of my body. About four months ago, it spread to my fingers and caused me a lot of pain and discomfort. I went to my GP and explained this, and told her that I am a guitar player. The doctor gave told me to persevere with my playing as it is the finest exercise for arthritic fingers. So it now turns out that, as well as the years of pleasure I’ve had, playing guitar is therapeutic.

Chris Parker Bradford

G&B Sorry to hear about your health issues, Chris, and hats off for sending us a handwritten letter to let your fellow guitar players know about your doctor’s prescription. Being robbed of the ability to do the things you love doing is a true tragedy, and to find out that actually pursuing your passions is ‘just what the doctor ordered’ must be music to your ears. We suggest you follow your doctor’s advice to the letter, and may many happy hours of playing be good for the fingers, as well as the soul…

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