Billy McLaughlin is a locally famous guitarist in the Midwest. He has a unique style using hamer-ons and -offs using both hands. He creates a harp-like sound with his playing. He calls it “two-handed tapping.”
Several years ago he developed a debilitating, especially for a musician, illness called focal dystonia. It is a movement disorder affected Billy’s left forearm and hand causing two fingers to curl up and not respond. Brought his solo career to a crashing halt. He had to relearn to play the guitar backwards to how he had played previously. He describes it as learning to sign your name with your non-dominant hand as perfectly as you can with your dominant hand. Happily, he was successful.
Below is a video interview with Billy from a local news station describing his struggle and victory: