Amazing Life Video

By Alyce Collins


This guitar player who was born with one hand refuses to let it hold him back and now he’s passing his talents on to the next generation of amputees.

Musician Tony Memmel, 34, from Nashville, Tennessee, was born without his left hand but at the age of 13 he saved up to buy his first guitar.

Tony had never seen a one-handed guitar player, so he spent eight years teaching himself.

After learning to adapt his playing, Tony now teaches children with limb differences how to play.

The joy Tony gets from being able to help children do something they never thought possible is what he strives for.

Tony said: “I was born with one hand, and doctors told my parents that I happen to be one in tens of thousands of babies born with an arm like mine.

“I saved up to buy my first guitar when I was 13 years old. At the time, I’d never even seen someone play guitar with one hand before.

“The years of trial and error helped me think about problem solving, and to focus on what’s possible.

“I work every day for the joy of the students and the communities that I am blessed to serve.”