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How to Avoid the Most Common Musicians' Injuries

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Look up “most dangerous professions.” Music isn’t going to be in the top 10, and that’s a blessing. Those don’t-let-your-guard-down-for-one-second positions generally involve heights, open water, tall trees, and power tools. But music comes with its own hazards, from hecklers armed with glass beer steins to highway mishaps on the way home from a gig.

In warehouses and factories, the first thing new hires generally hear is a safety lecture. For musicians, we take the native hazards for granted all too often. But injuries can stop us from playing, and that’s the headline here. The following is a list of some of the most common ways for musicians to end up on injured reserve and how to avoid them.

Musician Life

Sep 22, 2016 08:00 AM

Rachel Bresnahan

The Best Yoga Poses for Musicians

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Part of being a musician is having a busy life. It’s what we signed up for. From having mandatory piano lessons at a young age, to maybe being in marching band, to pursuing a music career, busy is our middle name. Being busy isn't a negative aspect of life; it means that we care to do all that we can to pursue our dreams. But with a crammed schedule, we tend to also comprise many other aspects of life like sleeping well, relationships, and oftentimes our health.

How to Start a Band: The Ultimate Guide

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You've honed your skills, and you're at the point where you want to start gigging with a band. Joining a band is the easiest way to hit the ground running with the opportunity to perform in front of a ready-made fanbase. Yet, it may be difficult to find a group of like-minded individuals playing the music you enjoy. So does it make sense to try to join an existing band, or should you just form a band of your own? Let's take a look at the pros and cons of each to help you decide.

Is Too Much Touring Killing Your Band?

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For a new band, there’s nothing more exciting than hitting the road to play shows in new, unfamiliar cities. Touring can be an unforgettable experience that can tighten performances, form industry connections, widen audiences, and foster lifelong friendships among musicians. There’s an air of legitimacy surrounding bands that perform outside their hometowns, and this is because touring is a massive challenge for musicians of every level of experience.

Despite what you may have heard, unless you’re in that coveted upper echelon of professional musicians who’ve achieved widespread popularity and financial success, touring is unglamorous, difficult, and thankless work. Being on the road too much can even prove to be destructive for some bands.

Musician Life

Aug 29, 2016 08:00 AM

Max Monahan

10 Situations Every Musician Has Had to Fake Their Way Through at Least Once

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You never start out with all the answers. Did I say all the answers? You don't start out with any answers. Whether it's booking a gig or just getting through the day, a healthy dose of imagination and the ability to pretend you have any idea what you're doing is often key to getting yourself through many a difficult situation. I have a feeling you can definitely relate to these 10 situations as a musician.