David "Spider" Price - Guitarist -- Parkinson's
Trying to play guitar with Parkinson's is...well, trying. My left hand has places to go and people to see, but my right hand is staring out the window and thinking about maybe going out for a frozen yogurt. It's frustrating, and makes recording a long and sometimes tedious process, but I do it anyway because it's what I do. It's who I am.
I have played guitar for going on 54 years. I played in blues and rock bands from high school in San Antonio, Texas in the early 60's through recording and touring bands in Los Angeles in the early 70's. One of my bands, Blue Mountain Eagle, was signed to ATCO records and released an Album in January, 1970.
I faded from the scene in the mid-70's and became a marketing consultant, but kept playing, writing and recording whenever I could. In the early 90's, I decided to ramp up my efforts and got serious again about playing. I collaborated with a young singer/songwriter, and we put together a group and played around LA for a bit. Things were going well enough until 2006, when I was diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease. I started experiencing Uncontrollable tremors in my right hand which really screwed up my playing. I lost the strength to hold a pick, and the tremors kept me from playing even simple rhythm parts for more than a few bars at a time.
As frustrating as it is to play under these conditions, I'm still playing...and that's what counts. I refuse to be defined by my condition. ~
While my condition was at first depressing, I came upon a recording program called Riffworks that allows me to record short pieces and string them together later into complete tracks. It is an arduous process, but I was able to complete an 8 song CD ("Vaguely Familiar" by Spider Price and the Unknowns) that I released last year. It is available on Amazon, iTunes and several other digital outlets, and has received good reviews.
I want to thank all of you who have purchased my CD or downloaded a tune or two from iTunes (tell your friends and relatives to check out "Vaguely Familiar" by Spider Price and the Unknowns if you thought it was worth your while). I've started on the next one, and will do my best to get it out as soon as I can. In the meantime, stay cool, support live music when you can.
David "Spider" Price