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(Book). Making music at any level is a powerful gift. While musicians have endless resources for learning the basics of their instruments and the theory of music, few books have explored the other subtleties and complexities that musicians face in their quest to play with ease and skill. The demands of solitary practice, hectic rehearsal schedules, challenging repertoire, performance pressures, awkward postures, and other physical strains have left a trail of injured, hearing-impaired, and frustrated musicians who have had few resources to guide
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(Book). Making music at any level is a powerful gift. While musicians have endless resources for learning the basics of their instruments and the theory of music, few books have explored the other subtleties and complexities that musicians face in their quest to play with ease and skill. The demands of solitary practice, hectic rehearsal schedules, challenging repertoire, performance pressures, awkward postures, and other physical strains have left a trail of injured, hearing-impaired, and frustrated musicians who have had few resources to guide them. Playing Less Hurt addresses this need with specific tools to avoid and alleviate injury. Impressively researched, the book is invaluable not only to musicians, but also to the coaches and medical professionals who work with them. Everyone from dentists to orthopedists, audiologists to neurologists, massage therapists and trainers will benefit from Janet Horvath's coherent account of the physiology and psyche of a practicing musician. Writing with knowledge, sympathetic insight, humor, and aplomb, Horvath has created an essential resource for all musicians who want to play better and feel better.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780971373501
  • Publisher: Horvath, Janet
  • Publication date: 2/28/2002
  • Format: Spiral Bound
  • Pages: 297

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 3, 2003

    Who would have thought (in the non-musician world)?

    Ms. Horvath has done a service for both musicians and non-musicians. People often think of all the injuries suffered by professional and amateur athletes, but rarely think of those of us who 'make beautiful music' as ALSO being athletes. In her well-written book, the author goes into exceptional detail about unexpected injuries encountered from playing in such musical works as Bolero and The Messiah. It really helps to prove what musicians must endure for their art. The discussions of causes, prevention, and treatment plans are excellent, and this is a must for all musicians. Non-musicians will also finally get an 'up close and personal' look at what actually is going on 'behind the scenes!'

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 20, 2003

    Ms. Horvath weds the artist and the anatomy.

    Playing Less Hurt contains a plethora of information; interesting anecdotes, practical solutions and suggestions, an extensive resource list and easy to follow compilations of stretching routines that anyone (regardless of artistic ability) can benefit from. This is a fabulous resource for therapists and physicians working with musicians; the chapters on specific injuries (disc problems, frozen shoulder, thoracic outlet syndrome, etc.) contain sound anatomical explanations but more importantly, specific suggestions for practical solutions for musicians. How else would I know that the weight of a bow can be reduced or that upper strings should keep their right wrist level while pizzing? The user friendly size and binding of this book combined with the gesture-like sketches make this the resource I pull out to show clients basic stretches for everyday living. A wonderful book! Thank you, Janet!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 19, 2003

    Every Musician and Music Teacher Should Own This Book

    At last there is a book that deals specifically with musician injury prevention. From the author¿s own story of recovery from debilitating practice-induced pain to explanations of common ¿ and uncommon ¿ physical ailments all too prevalent among performing artists, Playing (Less) Hurt is full of advice on how to prevent injuries ¿ and guidance on what to do when you¿re hurt. With medical illustrations, photographs of instrument modifications, and hundreds of drawings of exercises that can be done at home and on the concert stage, Playing (Less) Hurt features lists of do¿s and don¿ts for injury prevention and culminates in an extensive resource list. If you¿re a musician, a music student, a music teacher, or a doctor or therapist who works with musicians, you need to own this book. Janet Horvath has pulled together years of research into one comprehensive book. An enjoyable read and an invaluable resource, Playing (Less) Hurt is a book you¿ll read, reread, and refer to time and again.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 16, 2003

    An Invaluable Resource for Performers and Educators

    Ms. Horvath presents a wealth of information that I use daily in both my performing and teaching. A great read - entertaining personal anecdotes interspersed with great practical suggestions and exercises. I am using it to develop knowledge of this important topic in my students' musical lives; a MUST for every music educator!

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