Music – playing the harmonica

– a good fun way to improve lung capacity

User plays the harmonica
User plays the harmonica

Description
To keep his balance he leans on an aluminum suitcase (see associated tip) when he plays the harmonica. If holding the harmonica is difficult a harmonica holder can be used; see associated tip.

Users comments
Playing the harmonica is a good instrument for people with high spinal cord injuries with low pulmonary function. A good beginning is a blues harmonica in C, D, E or F major, which require the least inhalation and exhalation. An aluminum suitcase in which the harmonica can be stored also helps the user keep his balance.

Playing the harmonica should be required as part of rehabilitation as a fun way to improve lung capacity.

Paid for by
The user

Whose idea
A friend brought a harmonica to the hospital after seeing how boring the lung exercises were.

This tip is from 2008

Related tips

Handy packing
Handy packing
Aluminum suitcases for storage of fragile items such as music and computer accessories - can also be used as support or tray on lap for wheelchair users.
Music – harmonica holder
Music – harmonica holder
An opportunity to play music without using hands – suitable for persons with impaired arm/hand function.

Tipsare: Tomas

Tomas lives in an apartment together with his partner. He works part time as a photographer. He was injured in 1983 and has a low tetraplegia. He has home help one hour a day.