Lap Guitar with Tom Doughty

These tutorials have been developed by Creative United and Tom Doughty to offer an introduction to playing Lap Guitar.

Creative United is part of a consortium with OHMIDrake Music, Youth Music and OpenUp Music, whose aim is to make music and musical instruments more widely available, particularly to disabled people for whom playing a conventional musical instrument may be difficult or impossible.

Specially created to accompany workshops on his tour of the UK’s 12 Spinal Injury Units in early 2019, these tutorials are for anyone with limited upper limb movement.

You can find out more about Tom Doughty here.






The following link to the tutorial on YouTube


  1. Introduction to the Lap Guitar
  2. Tuning the Lap Guitar
  3. Equipment and Tools for the Lap Guitar
  4. Basics of Playing the Lap Guitar
  5. ‘Imagine’ for the Lap Guitar



Introduction to the Lap Guitar

Tom gives an overview of the lap guitar and how to produce notes.



Tuning the Lap Guitar

Developing an ear for pitch, and different methods available to help you tune a lap guitar.



Equipment for the Lap Guitar

Tom talks about the tools and adaptations he uses to play the lap guitar, and produce different sounds.



Basics of Playing the Lap Guitar

Tom demonstrates technique; how to strum and pick melodies, produce chords and vibrato to achieve a blues sound.



‘Imagine’ for the Lap Guitar

Tom talks through how to play the John Lennon classic ‘Imagine’.


About the tour

Tom Doughty launches his workshop tour ahead of the hugely popular Craig Ogden’s Guitar Weekend at The Bridgewater Hall from Friday 27 – Sunday 29 January 2019 where Tom will be appearing.

Tom’s tour is funded by The Bridgewater Hall, Manchester, in partnership with Creative United, The Paraorchestra and friends, Shure, Korg UK, John Hornby Skewes, Diamond Bottlenecks and TSW Engineers Ltd.



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