We are all driven and inspired to play like our favorite guitar heroes. We listen to their music and we practice their licks. We spend hours working on our “Layla” and “Europa” imitations and and perturbed and frustrated when we can’t pull them off note-for-note.
Because of the amazing story of Mark Goffeney, I will not allow that to happen to me — ever again. I will forever look at the guitar — and my ability to “master” playing it — completely different.
I read Mark’s story when a friend emailed me a link to “Ability Magazine”. I immediately went to YouTube look for a video of Mark in action. All I can say is that this in one of the most inspirational videos I have ever seen.
Mark was born without arms and learned to play the guitar with his feet. He has played and performed as far back as he can remember. He chuckles about being the poster child for “The Easter Seals” and “March of Dimes” telethons.
Mark started singing and playing guitar in a band in the 9th grade. Today, he is the lead guitarist and vocalist for the “Big Toe” band from San Diego.
Take a look at one of the most inspirational videos you will ever see: