Questions tagged [health]

Questions about how playing or listening to music affects a person's mental or physical condition or vice versa, how a state of health affects the ability to play or perform music.

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Why can't wearing both ear muffs (whether passive or active) and earplugs simultaneously yield more than 36 dB noise reduction ratio (NRR)?

I read on Wikipedia: Using both ear muffs (whether passive or active) and earplugs simultaneously results in maximum protection, but the efficacy of such combined protection relative to preventing ...
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Why does the formula to compute the Noise Reduction Rating (NRR) subtract 3dB?

Context: NRR (Noise Reduction Rating) is the noise reduction standard used in the United States, and SNR (Single Number Rating) is the European Union's standard for showing the attenuation of hearing ...
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Why do SNR ratings tend to be about 3 dB higher than NRR ratings? I.e., what difference(s) in the testing procedures account for this gap?

I read on https://eardefender.co.uk/snr-vs-nrr/ (mirror): SNR (Single Number Rating) is the EU’s standard for showing the attenuation of hearing protection. [...] NRR (Noise Reduction Rating) is the ...
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How can I achieve maximum hearing protection, beyond custom-fitted earplugs + earmuffs?

I sometimes attend events with very loud music, e.g. Technoparade (> 110dB next to speakers) and at times need to stop listening the music, without having to move. How can I achieve maximum hearing ...
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How to deal with hurting fingers (piano)?

I am currently 19 and began playing the piano when I was six - so I have been playing the piano for quite a long time. Last year I began an apprenticeship as an software engineer - so I spend a lot of ...
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What vocal techniques are needed to prevent strain when talking into a vocoder?

A full song played through a vocoder makes my throat begin to ache. I am not sure what I am doing wrong, but I do notice that I try to sing the melody instead of speaking it in an unusual way that is ...
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Why do my cheekbones hurt when I play?

I play the flute and I don’t know if it’s just me but my cheekbones hurt when I play for more the 30 minutes. I don’t know what it could be, I usually have good posture and practice everyday. I have a ...
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Is it considered bad technique to collapse / lock finger joints?

I am a beginner at guitar. My friend recently told me that bending my fingers this way while playing a chord can cause damage to the fingers. I cant help playing this way because of force of habit. ...
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Could the organ I’m selling be a fire hazard?

I have an '80s electronic organ and have agreed to sell it come the end of this week. I dropped something inside it this morning and tried to take it out and noted that the organ is incredibly dusty ...
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Possible damaged tendon in forearm from playing jumps in the bass. Is it my technique or am I just getting old?

I've been playing / teaching the piano for years with no problem but recently started a new piece; two days in and I have a swollen and painful injury just above my wrist, which I can feel across the ...
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Thumb position in Piano playing fast octaves - Position to prevent injury in first thumb joint

At the moment I am playing a piece that at some instances requires fast consecutive octaved notes in the left hand (I arranged the notes myself, the pic shows the notes in question). I play the ...
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Forearm soreness while practicing the piano

Recently I have had a bit of fore arm soreness, and I don't know what to do about it. The soreness isn't lasting though, It's more like, I play a phrase and by the end it my forearm is sore, and if I ...
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Can I get nauseous from singing while closing off my nose in my throat? [closed]

Please note that I am not trained in singing. There are certain muscles in the throat that allow you to close off your mouth and nose independently of each other. When I sing loudly (which is the ...
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Lip pain when playing flute: how to overcome?

I have noticed that when I play higher octave notes on the flute my lips start to hurt. This has happened before but I dealt with it just by ignoring the pain. I would like to know whether there is ...
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Relaxing muscles when playing piano

I have a problem with relaxing my shoulders when playing the piano. My shoulders become stiff and come up when I play. After practicing my shoulders ache. What could be wrong with my posture or ...
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Is horseback riding affecting my piano technique?

After horseback riding my fingers feel stiff, lazy and i feel like my technique has degraded. I think it's because the pulling on my hands. I know sport is a very common topic in piano forums, but I ...
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Impacts on hand dexterity caused by combat sports or martial arts

I am considering to start practicing box, karate or tae kwon do to improve my health and self defense skills. Does anyone know if any of these affect my dexterity, speed, sensitivity negatively? Not ...
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Effects of regular rock climbing on instrument play

Related : Is it bad for a piano player to work out? Context : The SE question linked above actually reminded me of a story about a guitar teacher that used to rock climb regularly but quit as he ...
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Are eye disorders more common in wind instrument players?

I played the clarinet for 12 years (from 9 to 21), and occasionally I practiced for hours a day. Out of curiosity I read that eye pressure increases temporarily during play. Those who are ...
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How long does a repetitive strain injury take to go away? [closed]

I got a repetitive strain injury. I think I got it from playing my instrument excessively. How long will it take for my hand to feel normal again? What can I do to speed up the recovery? Thanks!
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How to treat medial epicondilytis and how long does it take to heal?

I have been playing blues/jazz and shred guitar on mostly electric guitars for many years. Four months ago, I bought a new classical guitar and in my excitement played continuously through a weekend. ...
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(Singing) Why is low/high larynx bad for your voice?

I heard that using low or high larynx is bad for your voice. But why is this true ? In what way is it bad for your voice? And is there a way to make low or high larynx healthy? Or should you at all ...
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Blisters on Fingers: Double Bass

My band practiced for four hours tonight and I got a blister on my right middle finger, popped it (as I was playing), got another one, and got one on my index finger. We're performing twice tomorrow (...
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What instruments can a four-year-old with left-side paralysis begin to learn/hope to ever learn?

My four-year-old sister has tragically suffered left side paralysis from a brain injury. Because she's so young, her brain is remarkably plastic, and a lot of functionality has returned. She can walk, ...
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Can't stop thinking about fingers

This is a problem I think I have always had, it has just become more apparent to me after a recent OCD diagnosis. I can't stop thinking about my fingers, especially when playing fast or difficult ...
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Right thumb twitch after playing the clarinet

Today I decided to pick back up my clarinet after a two year total hiatus due to exams. However, after about 10-15 minutes of play, when I put my clarinet down and relaxed my right hand, my thumb ...
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Physical fitness and musical performance

Is there a known relationship, either direct or indirect, between physical fitness and musical performance? I haven't been able to find a definitive source or study that confirms my belief that there ...
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How do I know whether I feel head vibrations/sensations while singing?

My question is that how do I know whether I feel head vibrations while singing? In a book, it says that head vibrations are centered mostly around the eyes and bridge of the nose. Later on in the book,...
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Singing with allergies and asthma?

Save your voice while being sick but it gets blurry with allergies and asthma. I can hear an allergic reaction from my voice before I can feel anything, like playing Singstar and a pet visiting. The ...
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Finger issues right before exam

I am beginning to experience a pain just underneath the nail of my 3rd finger, it's my exam in 2 days. I have no idea how I managed to do this, but its making it very difficult to play the piano. The ...
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DeQuervain's Tensynovitis

This question is for anyone with experience coming back from DeQuervain's. I have had this problem for a few months and generally things have gotten better. I'm noticing a bit of soreness when I go ...
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Advice for beginning guitarist for bad fingers

I'm a new guitarist. I just bought my first acoustic guitar two weeks ago, but I have some problems with my fingers. My pinky is curved, my ring fingertip and middle fingertip are separated (bones ...
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Wrist, Age and Very Depressed

I'm 60 yo, played guitar my whole life - just not very well. Open chords. 4 years ago, I got serious - 2 hours a day practice - 4 hours on weekends. I play electric blues. I mainly play sitting on ...
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Lowering my range

I have improved my upper range a great deal since I started singing. When I started singing 7 years ago, I had an F above middle C, now I'm up to a B flat. My lower range, however, has only budged a ...
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Physical problems during singing

I don't know if this is related to singing specifically, but I noticed that when I am singing and I hit a powerful, held note, pushing all of my vocal power forward (to the point of slightly affecting ...
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What is this vocal style called, and how can I learn it?

The vocalist Jonny Craig from bands like, Dance Gavin Dance, Slaves, and Emarosa, uses a technique to intensify a sustained note and/or phrases, and I can't figure out how he does this, and continues ...
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What playing techniques are sensitive to “jamming fingers”

A Korg Krome 61/73 review mentions that you can jam fingers between two keys because they are flat. I've had an opportunity to play some cheap keyboards with flat keys and this didn't happen to me. ...
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Why does playing the piano give me a pain in the neck?

I have a keyboard set up with a proper stool so my arms are held straight out, with music at eye level - almost identical to how I set up my PC for good posture. But while I can use the PC all day ...
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What are the effects of steroids taken for asthma on the throat and vocal abilities?

I have asthma and I was wondering what are the effects of steroid inhalers taken for asthma on the throat and vocal abilities?
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How to make nails grow faster?

I have injured the nail on my right hand thumb, so I will not be able to use it for some time. I might have to wait until it regrows about 4 mm of length. Is it possible to make nails grow faster? ...
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Can body size and fitness level change affect the performance of a singer?

There is a similar question to this out there, but is NOT identical. Does weight and/or body frame have anything to do with singing? My question is : CAN fitness level and/or body size improve ...
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Effect of illness on vocal range

My usual vocal range is F2-A4. During a recent illness, my range was temporarily reduced to F2-C4. Why does throat irritation seem to affect only my high notes?
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How often should I renew my custom musician earplugs (silicone)?

I use the Etymotic ER 25 custom musician earplugs (*) when DJing or attending events with loud music. The Etymotic website vaguely says: Musicians Earplugs are designed to last for many years. ...
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Playing recorder with bandaged finger

Stupid me decided to drill half-inch holes with a drill-press in a piece of aluminum trying holding the piece with my bare hands. I ended up with a good sized cut on the pad of my left fourth digit ...
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How can a guitarist treat and avoid lateral epicondylitis in the fretting arm?

I've been playing guitar (both electric and acoustic) pretty seriously for about a year, 2-3 hours a day most days. I couple months ago I developed tendonitis in my fretting arm, which my doctor ...
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My mandible is abnormal — can I play the trumpet?

I have retrognathism -- basically, my mandible is a bit "behind" so that my bite doesn't close very well, and so I am a bit toothy. When I was a kid, I wanted to play the trumpet but I was told by the ...
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In what ways can smoking damage your vocal cords and have irrevocable effects on it?

I was reading this text about "How Is Smoking Bad For Singers" and it says: While you may feel that smoking helps with performance anxiety, it may damage your vocal cords irrevocably. And then it ...
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What muscles are involved when playing guitar?

Another wording for this question would be "what muscles can I work on to improve guitar playing?" A few months ago I started boxing, and I found that my guitar technique improved as my arms got ...
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Picking using forearms vs Picking using wrist for palm muting

I have been playing for around 3 years and am mostly self taught. I have seen many people recommend the use of your forearms for picking instead of using your wrist as this might lead to Carpel ...
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Safe remedies for hoarse voice?

What are the safe remedies to cure a hoarse voice? Are there any safety tips on how to handle the hoarse voice as quick as possible?