Friday, May 26, 2017

Repetitive STRAIN INJURY in Musicians and Especially SAXOPHONEPlayers

Sadly musicians have an increased risk of developing repetitive strain injury. Many factors contribute to this including less than ergonomic instrument design, high stress levels when performing and relentless lengthy practice sessions. My first piece of advice to any musician who thinks they've developed repetitive strain injury is don't panic! Whilst this infliction can be physically very painful and mentally crushing, it is a sign from your body that change is required. With the right energy and commitment the healing process can be a time of positive reflection and will only serve to benefit you in the long run.

Cantigas musicians
Cantigas musicians (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
There are many more problems causing repetitive strain injury in musicians than a short article can cover so I am going to focus on one in particular which I've found prevalent. This is tension in the neck and shoulders. When we're worried about performing, scared of making mistakes or over worked and stressed this often manifests physically as tightness in the shoulders. Over time this puts pressure on the nerves and tendons running down your arms and into your hands.

For many musicians with repetitive strain injury, simply removing this tension can go along way to relieving the symptoms. The first step to achieving this is to sit and relax. Focus on breathing in the tension in your shoulders and then letting it go as you breathe out. As you do this, say in your head "my shoulders are relaxed". After practicing this for a few weeks everyday, you can begin to try and maintain the relaxation as you practice. It sounds simple, but you will find a great deal of concentration is required to really focus on letting go of the tension. This process alone can be very therapeutic.

You will probably find the tension comes back soon after you've begun practicing as your attention is diverted back to playing. Don't worry. Simply stop, do the relaxation without your instrument, and then come back to it. It will take time and patience, but after a while you will begin to feel more relaxed whilst playing and start to lessen your risk of repetitive strain injury. Naturally when playing for extended periods you may find the tension begins to come back. Not to worry, as long as you learn to recognise this and act appropriately, you will be able to look after your body.

As previously mentioned, repetitive strain injury in musicians is provoked by a number of factors. This article is a brief introduction and it would be advisable to see a number of medical professionals to gain many points of view. Regardless, it is important to remain as positive and calm as possible in order to achieve recovery.

    By Andrew N Hayes
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Thursday, May 25, 2017

MUSIC of the 70s

We all associate songs and music with events in our life.  Many songs hold special memories for us.  We fondly remember the songs that were playing when we went to our first dance, the songs the school band attempted to play during half time at the high school football games, the songs that we heard on our first date, or the songs we heard on the radio while driving our first car.

Publicity photo of the Bee Gees.
Bee Gees.
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The music of the 1970's is probably the most impressive and most recognized of any era.  The artists of the 1970's provided us with numerous songs we loved to dance to and sing along with.  At that time most bands actually played their own instruments and didn't need to sequence part of it.

Remember how we used to listen to the music then?  At first we had eight track players in our cars, then we moved upward to cassette players.  Vinyl records were the most popular way to listen to our favorite music.  Every week you could go to your local variety or record store and pick up the new #1 song on a 45 record for under $1.00.  Of course, there was always the radio to listen to - most of the popular channels were on am radio.  We had many styles of music to listen to, including the bubble gum music of David Cassidy and the Partridge Family, soft rock of Barry Manilow, the great dance tunes of the Bee Gees and the Commodores, rock of Aerosmith and Led Zeppelin, the brass band sounds of Chicago, or the disco beat of Chic and Donna Summers.

The nostalgia of  the 1970's music lives on today.  We can listen to it on our local 70's'radio station, on cds, on mp3, download it on our computer, and burn it onto cds.  For those of us who prefer records, we can still purchase them at record stores, antique or second hand stores, or yard sales.  Of course, many of us have held on to our own record collections and record players and can pull them out at any time when we need to relive those nostalgic days of the 1970's.  Some bands are still performing after more than 30 years.  There's nothing like seeing your favorite 1970's performers live in concert!

The music of the 1970's is still popular with people of all ages - not just those who grew up with it.  It never grows old.  It only gets better with each passing decade.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

ALTO SAXOPHONE - Music-Instruments of the World

Alto Saxophone

Tuesday, May 23, 2017


Some of the greatest Broadway shows are no longer available as live performances but have been recorded so that they bring out people get to see them even in future, long after the show as already has been performed.

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A playwright by the name Andrew Lloyd Webber created a show that was known as the Broadway musicals cats. This has been proven to be one of the most exhilarating shows to ever have been made. It grasped audiences in multitudes. People could not stop talking about it long after it was performed. This is always a great reward for the playwrights. The reviews for this show were also very worthwhile.

A script could be amazing but the troupe meant to bring out the story could be horrendous. It is therefore of great importance that the troupe act out the story well. The troupe who did the story of the Broadway musicals cats was magnificent. The story being about how cats survive in the world, you could actually be forgiven to think the cats themselves did the acting. This tells you how well the troupe played the roles.

Some people are skeptical about Broadway shows and think that they are only for a certain age limit. The truth is that a show like the Broadway musicals cats is for everyone, be it young or old. The younger ones however seem to have much more fun with the shows than the adults. This is true because of the strong imagination they have. The cats in the show are not like your ordinary Garfield, they have different colors like red and blue. How is that for imagination!

By Peter Gitundu
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Monday, May 22, 2017

Composer Illustrated: RICHARD WAGNER

Porträt of Richard Wagner - Pierre-Auguste Renoir, 1882 - Wikipedia