A couple of weeks ago at Doug Young Guitar Night I had an opportunity to experience an acoustic guitar player, Blake McMurray, who uses one of his feet to play his guitar while standing up. You can see Blake playing the guitar with his foot live in the video below.

I did hear before of guitar players who, for one reason or another, learned to play guitar with their feet. Blake’s performance, however, encouraged me to go on the web and actually look for information about some of them.

I learned about an inspirational story of Tony Meléndez who was born without arms but learned to play with his feet. Tony went on to record several records and received multiple awards for his music. You can see one of Tony’s videos below.

Another similar player is Mark Goffeney who also mastered to play the guitar with his feet. He is lead guitarist and vocalist for the ‘Big Toe’ band and played the principal role on Fox Television’s Emmy-nominated commercial ‘Feet’. You can see Mark playing blues in this video.

I am sure there are many more interesting feet guitar players out there but I hope these three peeked your interest to continue researching the topic on your own.

A couple of days ago my good friend, musician and the maker of wonderfully-sounding pickups, Teddy Randazzo Jr, showed me his copy of the Tacoma Papoose P1 6-string acoustic guitar. For reasons I can’t still explain to myself, I just fell in love with this small but sweet-sounding instrument.

I know that at this point a lot of guitar enthusiasts would like me to start talking about the kinds of wood the guitar is made off, the scale length, the tuning etc. However, I will leave these details to the description of the Papoose P1 guitar on Tacoma’s website. They know their stuff best!

I was quickly disappointed to find out that this particular model has been discontinued and, worse yet, there seems to be no really good demos of the guitar online. Digging further into the matter I learned that Papoose was actually the first guitar ever made by Tacoma. You can find more information about this fact and more from this Tacoma Guitars Reference website.

Personally, I prefer to make my judgments about any instrument by listening to its sound, first and foremost. While searching the Internet for demos and examples of various musicians playing Papoose guitars (which I didn’t find too many), I stumbled across an interesting site that showcased audio and video samples of acoustic guitars of at least four sizes–soprano, alto, tenor and baritone.

Below is the video that talks about Tacoma Papoose P1 and all of its features

And here is the sound of Papoose the way I heard it for the first time

Do you know what your guitar is really made of? 🙂 No, I do not mean it in a literal sense of the word. Mine, for example, is made up of three plastic frames, well, sort of…

In the video below I demonstrate how three plastic frames and a bit of maple wood make up a funky-looking but a very playable travel guitar.

Watch my demo of the Soloette travel guitar below.

If you liked what you saw, find out more about the Soloette travel guitar here.