Eric Clapton struggling to play guitar - has peripheral neuropathy nerve damage

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  1. Big_Bend

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    Oh no... this is so sad...

    Eric Clapton, one of my all time favorite guitar players, has peripheral neuropathy nerve damage, and it is affecting his guitar playing.

    You can read more about it HERE.

    Play guitars today if you got em, cause tomorrow is not guaranteed for any of us. Hope Eric can pull through this somehow.
     
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    I'm willing to bet that he STILL plays better 'an me.

    Get well soon Eric.
     
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    Very sorry to hear it.
    Though he has had great commercial success, I often feel EC is under-appreciated and under-rated as a player.
    He's brought a lot of joy to a lot of people for a lot of time.
    Arguably, like no other.
     
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    One of my earliest and deepest influences by far. Very sorry to hear about this.
     
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    It must be very tough for him to deal with given the fact that the guitar has been such a huge part of his life, not to mention how he made his living. It sounds like he's taking a positive approach and just happy to be alive.
     
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    Hopefully he will be able to carry on. As he mentioned in the article he's been through a lot. At least he seems content with his family life these days. And there is more to life than playing guitar as much as many of us love it.
     
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    That makes 4 I have read about:
    Jimmy Page - back from slinging that Les Paul
    Neil Young - wrist/hand tendons
    Keith Richards - arthritis, reconfiguring Stone tunes to make them easier to play
     
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    Should have stuck with that Tele.
     
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    Really considering what the above mentioned players including E.C. put their bodies through, it's amazing that they are still alive, much less still playing guitar at all!
     
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    That's really sad. It was hearing 'Best Of Cream' that made me think 'I'd like to have a go at that' when I was 15, and some of his classic Cream solos (1st Crossroads', 'Born Under A Bad Sign', 'Strange Brew' and 'SWLABR') regularly feature in my warm-up / noodle sessions. All great examples of how to say a lot with just enough.
     
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    This is alarming news. I've been struggling with this (in the form of CIDP) for ten years, and it has completely taken over my life. I fight it all day long, every day. In fact, I'm headed upstairs right now to practice, which is the single most effective way for me to manage the pain. When I'm playing the blues, I don't feel the pain. I hope he is able to deal with this somehow.
     
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    That's a real bummer to hear, and certainly explains why he's talking of hanging it up.
     
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    I think I first saw Clapton perform when he was doing his Journeyman tour, and believe he was about 55. I remember thinking "man, there's still hope for me because I'm only 50!, I'll still be able to play when I'm old"!

    Turned out 55 years wasn't really 'old'. 15 years later I can identify with age & hand problems. Hope he can keep on as long as it's fun, and figure he will.
     
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    I'm saddened to read this but I guess that none of us are invincible. But he's a fighter so I'm sure he'll do what he can to continue doing what he loves to do for as long as he can.

    At least we can be grateful for all the great music he's made in the past and the inspiration he's given to so many of us along the way.

    Keep well Eric!!
     
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    Fight on, Slowhand.
     
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    Wicked bummer but nine lives and counting.
    It doesn't sound like he's finished as a player, but maybe he'll have to step back a bit.
    Now that I'm losing stuff and watching many others randomly lose facilities before passing, I'm kind of grateful for whatever we get to keep hanging on to.

    Yeah, play while you can!
     
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    Journalists. That article implies that he got peripheral neuropathy from living a "life of excess".

    One thing has nothing to do with the other. Autoimmune illness can hit anyone.

    And though he may very well be able to live with it, there is no "get well soon".

    Mine has just recently begun affecting my playing. I'd cross my fingers for luck, if I could.
     
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    Get better eric
     
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