TakeLessons, the nation's fastest growing music lessons provider, shares some helpful tips for avoiding injuries as a musician.
Online PR News – 12-January-2012 – – The Red Hot Chili Peppers announced a slight setback to their upcoming U.S. tour yesterday – the kick-off gig, originally scheduled for January 20th in Florida, has been postponed until March due to frontman Anthony Kiedis’ recent surgery to remove a crushed sesamoid bone and correct a detached tendon in his foot. Kiedis has been suffering from foot problems since 2007′s Stadium Arcadium tour, after he jumped off a bass drum and broke several bones in his foot. The rescheduled calendar of shows can be viewed on the band’s website.
TakeLessons (http://takelessons.com), the nation's fastest growing music lessons provider, took the opportunity to share some important tips for musicians to avoid injuries. Even for those not jumping around on stage, musicians of all kinds are prone to injuries from repeated strain and poor posture, particularly beginners who may not know how to play their instrument properly.
The following is an excerpt from the blog post:
"Assess Your Instrument: Is your instrument the right size, shape, weight and height for you? Would an adjustable chair, footstool, strap or cushion make you more comfortable?
Know Your Body: Choose pieces that are reasonable for your body to play. If you have small fingers, playing repertoire that requires you to stretch beyond your finger span is a recipe for disaster. However, if you really want to learn a particular piece (or you need to learn it), make adjustments to make it easier to play. If you are a student, let your teacher know right away whether a piece or technical exercise is causing you pain.
Appraise Your Playing Technique: Is your body relaxed? Are your hands, arms, neck, head and core positioned to allow for fluid and comfortable playing or singing? Are you moving with the music? Are you using excess movements? Is your fingering logical and comfortable? Videotaping yourself is a valuable method to assess your playing technique.
Evaluate Your Non-Musical Activities: Desk and computer work, sports, dancing, carrying heavy objects and hobbies can adversely affect your body.
Do Warm-Up Exercises and Stretches: Musicians are sometimes called “small muscle athletes.” Stretching exercises and gentle warm-ups result in increased range of motion, strength, coordination and flexibility.
Take Breaks: One’s muscles, ears and vocal chords need regular breaks to return to their relaxed state. Not doing so tricks the body into thinking that “tense” is the “relaxed state,” resulting in chronic pain and stress."
By sharing the tips with blog readers, TakeLessons hopes to continue engaging current students and help with any musical goals they may have. Readers are invited to share their thoughts by commenting on the TakeLessons blog, where they can also learn about an easy exercise for singers, and comments are also welcomed on Facebook (http://facebook.com/takelessons).
Headquartered in San Diego, CA, TakeLessons is America's full-service music and voice lessons provider. With private lessons taught by TakeLessons Certified™ instructors in cities nationwide, students of all ages can start living their dreams through music. Founded in 2006 to help people discover their creativity and pursue their passions, TakeLessons also offers turnkey music programs for schools and community centers.