Hammer Jammer – Unique Invention for Budding Musicians and Guitarists with Arthritis

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Big Walnut Productions announced today that the Hammer Jammer, a patented invention that combines keyboard hammers with six-string guitar, will release in early 2015: Hammer Jammer viral video demo. This device allows guitar players to develop new techniques, while also allowing players with disabilities, such as arthritis and limited finger flexibility, to produce music.

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When the Hammer Jammer demo video went viral in January, we noticed a number of people, who identified themselves as disabled, were purchasing samples. Ken McCaw, Hammer Jammer inventor

Ken McCaw, inventor of the Hammer Jammer and music composer, explains: “Our intention is to release the Hammer Jammer to the international market, targeted primarily at young players just beginning their careers, and developing their own unique styles. And we are designing a program for wounded vets and other guitar players with disabilities. “

The Hammer Jammer was originally developed in the 90’s, with input and support from leading guitarists such as Ricky Skaggs, Chet Atkins and many others. However, the invention began to receive notice when McCaw, who is also a film composer, used the Hammer Jammer for a piece of music in the trailer of “Stone of Destiny”, a film released in Europe in 2008. From that, international interest for the unique sound and speed of the Hammer Jammer began to build around the world.

McCaw posted a Hammer Jammer demonstration video on YouTube in January 2014. The video quickly went viral: Hammer Jammer viral video All 2000 Hammer Jammer samples were sold within a couple weeks, to players in 60 countries, many of them young guitarists beginning their careers. It was also noted that a significant number of samples were purchased by wounded soldiers, and players with arthritis and other issues, which make finger picking and standard picking technique prohibitive.

McCaw said: “When we first developed the Hammer Jammer, we never considered the possibility of this device becoming useful to disabled persons. But when the video went viral in January, we heard from a number of people, who identified themselves as disabled, were purchasing samples. This included several wounded vets who had previously been guitar players, but who were discouraged because they could no longer play the guitar, due to hand damage from combat. The Hammer Jammer does provide a specific set of techniques that allow for hammering block chords with little or no finger action. It is very percussive. Sort of like playing a drum, but producing powerful guitar sounds. And by using an open tuning, you really don’t need a lot of finger work to produce some cool and innovative music.”

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