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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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Will nicotine gum (e.g., Nicorette) harm my singing voice?

Since about the age of 30 (I'm 35 now) I have sometimes been addicted to smoking tobacco. I know that smoking tobacco can damage my singing voice--I have experienced this personally. Lately, I had ...
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Top-down strokes versus side strokes: what is the most ergonomic drum style between tabla or mridangam/pakhawaj?

Tablas are hand drums that comes by pair which the 2 skins are (nearly) horizontally oriented with the hand moving from top to down, while mridangam/pakhawaj/dol/dolak are hand drums which the 2 skins ...
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Is my voice damaged? Is the last note falsetto, head voice or something else? [closed]

Disclaimer: I feel that the recording I attached is pretty loud, so bear that in mind. I'm sorry if I'm doing something wrong, but I am really desperate and I created an account here just to ask about ...
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I sang, got really light headed and it wont go away. What should I do? [closed]

So one day I was singing and I started getting a bit light headed so I paused for a bit and kept on going, but the lightheadedness only got worse and worse until the point that I was about to faint, ...
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Effects of playing excessive Tabla

I have been a Tabla student for a decade. For those of you who don't know, Tabla is an Indian percussion instrument with a big language of rhythmic cycles of its own. I wanted to know if playing ...
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Does playing the Jew's harp damage the teeth

When I was a kid I was gifted a Jew's harp. I never formally learned to play it (and also didn't learn to play other instruments, so my knowledge on music theory and on instruments is very limited). I'...
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Can I injure my hands by typing or playing guitar too much?

I have been playing fingerstyle guitar for a year now, and I play on average at least an hour daily. I am also a full time software engineer, so I type a lot. At the end of the day my fingers hurt ...
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Is it safe to use thumb position in lower positions on cello?

A piece I've been playing has a notation to use the thumb in 2nd position on cello (with thumb on the D-string F# specifically, where first finger would go in normal 2nd position). I tried it out but ...
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Fingernail and hand care for pianists

I've never given much thought to nail/hand care. I keep my nails short and generally don't use lotion, because it transfers to the keytops. I'm also prone to hangnails, and every once in a rare while ...
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Need advice on a bent pinky problem

I am looking for a good reference for hand exercises and advice on pinky problems. After an accident on 2017 where I sprained my wrist (3rd degree that forced me away from my guitar) my index and ...
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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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Back hurts after playing piano

I'm learning how to play the piano and after practicing for an hour to an hour and a half my middle to upper back starts to hurt pretty bad. I was wondering if anyone knew what can be done to prevent ...
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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 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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