Journal of the Lute Society of America requests stories from students helped by Patrick O'Brien
Patrick O'Brien, a guitar and lute teacher in New York City who passed away in 2014, was noted for his ability to diagnose and restore normal performance ability in musicians who had lost it due to focal dystonia or related problems. As a young man, he contracted a severe case of tendinitis, but could find no teacher or medical practitioner who could help him. This prompted him to study anatomy and physiology on his own and eventually discover the principles of healthy performance technique for both right and left hands that would resolve and/or avoid injury.
In the book The Hand (1998) by neurologist Frank Wilson, M.D., Patrick is quoted as
saying that a considerable part of his work was helping musicians who had suffered injury to their hands.
The editors of the Journal of the Lute Society of America are preparing a memorial issue devoted to Patrick, which will present a summary of many of his teachings and technical exercises. We would like to hear from former students of his who had come to him with significant or career-ending disabilities and whose playing ability was restored by the New York maestro.
Please contact the Journal
's Consulting Editor, Dr. Douglas Alton Smith, at: firstname.lastname@example.org