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Jan 15

NO PLAY, NO PAY.

NO PLAY, NO PAY.

A LOOK AT MUSICAL HEALTH.

Unless we play in a military band,or professional orchestra or are employed as a music teacher by an institution, we as working musicians are SELF EMPLOYED That means NO PLAY, NO PAY.

In many ways we are just like sports men and woman. A lot of what we do as musicians requires repetitive muscle actions. Also the act of making music is often a very physical activity. It makes sense therefore to think through,invest financially, and take care of our MUSICAL HEALTH. In so doing, at all costs ( excuse the pun) we avoid the situation of NO PLAY, NO PAY.

If we don’t take care of our musical health, THE WORST CASE SCENARIO is a drastically shortened career. in music THE BEST CASE SCENARIO is temporary loss of income.

BETTER LATE THAN NEVER.

I’m now 47 years old., and have just short of 30 years experience as a professional musician. Recently I have been experiencing some musical health issues, that have caused me to make certain changes. In many ways I wish I had thought about some of these issues years ago. In the last few months I have spent a lot of money on gear to implement some of these changes. MONEY SPENT ON MUSICAL HEALTH IS MONEY WELL INVESTED.

I have tried to identify the most important issues of MUSICAL HEALTH, and over the next few week will be writing post commenting on the issues from first hand experience. Where I cannot comment from first hand experience, I have asked friends to write guest posts from their first hand experience.

TOPICS I WILL COVER ARE:

1) VOCAL CARE.

2) EAR CARE.

3) BACK CARE.(AND KNEE)

4) REPETITIVE STRAIN INJURY.

5) ALCOHOL AND DRUG USE BY MUSICIANS.

6) GENERAL FITNESS AND HEALTH.

 

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