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Catalogue No: 9780754662105
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ISBN: 9780754662105
The Musician's Body

Status: Usually despatched within 15 - 20 working days

Subtitle: A Maintenance Manual for Peak Performance

Department: Biographies & Reference Books - Books & Literature (Classical)

Publisher: Routledge

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Musicians suffer greatly from industry-related injury and illness, and many of these problems are established during student days or even before. This affects all forms of music-making from classical through jazz and rock to traditional folk. Hearing damage is of serious concern in most forms of music-making, but the most stressful situations and the most physical damage is recorded in the practice of classical music. The long hours of practice at the beginning of a musician's career are the main source of problems that sometimes only reveal themselves in later life. This book is aimed equally at student musicians, practising musicians, and instrumental and vocal teachers, and it aims to help them to begin to understand how and why their bodies function as they do when they perform and also how they may avoid professionally related illness or injury and achieve the highest standards of performance. The principal author, Dr Jaume Rosset i Llobet, is a medical expert and an internationally acclaimed researcher on the subject. He is the Director of a Centre for the Physiology of The Arts in Terrassa, Catalonia, one of the few clinics in the world to which musicians, dancers and performing artists can go for assessment and treatment. The book provides examples and references to the health of musicians covering a wide range of musical genres based on current research, practice and treatment. As well as physiological exposition, copiously illustrated with medical and humorous diagrams, the book covers ergonomics, risk factors, posture, breathing, matters of diet and accommodation of professional needs in daily life.

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Foreword Preface: being well, playing better Safety instructions Basic functions Situations that place the musician at risk Posture. Your body in harmony with your instrument Musicians, instruments and the workplace. Adjusting the task to suit your body The musician's body explained Mind and music. Further psychological aspects Troubleshooting for musicians. Basic body maintenance and solving problems About this book Sources of further information Recommended bibliography Index.