Pete Ross has been playing guitar for 31 years utilising his unique abilities despite being born with only one arm.
Pete Ross has been playing guitar for 31 years utilising his unique abilities despite being born with only one arm. Max Fleet

One-armed muso has a message

MUSICIAN Pete Ross is living proof it is possible to overcome adversity.

Mr Ross, who was born with only one normal arm, plays the guitar and the piano and is building a music studio at his home.

Recently he took his message to school students in Roma, Charleville and Augathella in an attempt to get them to follow their dreams.

The message he was trying to impart to the students was that everybody gets dealt a hand of cards in life, and the trick was to play the best game possible with the cards that were dealt.

Mr Ross hoped to teach young people how to get over hurdles and achieve their goals despite shortcomings.

"The message seemed to go over very successfully," he said.

"What we could gather from the teachers was that it was very positive."

Mr Ross, who was born with a condition similar to a thalidomide effect on his left arm, said he learnt to play the guitar about 30 years ago.

"I used velcro and a piece of Tupperware to use as a plectrum and I've been playing ever since," he said.

Mr Ross said he played the guitar by laying it across his knees and playing it like a slide guitar, using his left hand to strum it.

He said he got interested in the guitar because he admired people who could play, although he never thought it was possible for him until he sat down and tried it.

Mr Ross said he could also play "a little bit" of keyboards one handed.

He said although he liked all kinds of music, he was a bit "old school" when it came to his musical tastes.

"I was brought up on Neil Young and Bob Dylan," he said.

"The people I was around all the time played that sort of thing."



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