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Jean-Baptiste "Django" Reinhardt (1910) Options
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Jean-Baptiste "Django" Reinhardt (1910)

Reinhardt was a Belgian-born Gypsy jazz guitarist whose blend of swing and traditional Gypsy music, as well as his unconventional technique, made him a legendary figure in jazz. He learned to play guitar while traveling in France as a child and began playing professionally at 12. Severely burned in a caravan fire in 1928, he lost the use of two of his fingers but adapted his style to the disability. What heavy metal guitarist was inspired by Reinhardt to keep playing after his own hand injury? More...
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Jean-Baptiste "Django" Reinhardt (1910)
Reinhardt was a Belgian-born Gypsy jazz guitarist whose blend of swing and traditional Gypsy music, as well as his unconventional technique, made him a legendary figure in jazz. He learned to play guitar while traveling in France as a child and began playing professionally at 12. Severely burned in a caravan fire in 1928, he lost the use of two of his fingers but adapted his style to the disability.
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That time when Tony Iommi lost his fingertips in a machine related accident, prompting the birth of Heavy Metal

Tony Iommi (February 19th, 1948) was born in Birmingham, England’s industrial heartland, as the only child of Anthony Frank and Sylvia Maria Iommi, who were of Italian descent. Members of his family played the accordion and initially he had plans to play the drums, but he preferred the guitar and at the age of 13 he bought his own. Tony was also adept at multiple martial arts, which he learned because the neighborhood he resided in was not very safe. He was left-handed and had played in other bands like “The Birds and Bees”, even making plans to go on a tour with them.

His true calling was as a guitarist, but at the age of 17 he was working in a sheet metal factory. He claims ‘it was a boring job’, although he liked welding. On his last day of work he was reluctant to go, but his mother convinced him to finish his job properly, after all, that is what mothers do.

That day, he had to work a big machine that cut metal sheets, much like a guillotine. He hadn’t been trained how to use the machine properly and was manually sliding the metal sheets along the conveyor belt when the cutter caught Iommi’s two fingertips on his right hand, slicing them off.

This would be a terrible blow to the guitarist’s playing skills and he was very depressed after the accident, believing he would never play guitar again. Even though he had the option of switching hands and playing right-handed, he dismissed it as it would take too much time and would change his style.

The factory manager visited him in the hospital and told him the story of Django Reinhardt, the renowned jazz guitarist, as an act of encouragement. Reinhardt was a Belgian-born French guitarist of Romani descent. He was a major contributor to jazz and he, much like Iommi, lost his fingers on the left hand in an accident. He only played with two fingers, which required very specific tuning of his guitar strings.

After hearing this story, Iommi was inspired to continue playing the guitar. He stuck plastic tips on his fingers to compensate for his injury and started to rework his technique to better fit his condition.

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