Musician’s Health

11 Nov

       In my experience, I have found musicians to belong to two categories: the health freak and the self-destructive…the first one would never touch a mojito with a ten foot pole, and is always at the gym doing Yoga or Pilates, while the second one is pretty much drunk by the second song. I am not here to preach, but it is quite obvious that a good balance of mind/body is a winning combination to make you a better musician…so there you go a few links for exercises and general health facts to avoid the most recurring music related problems.

www.musiced.about.com/od/beginnersguide/a/injuries.htm a good article on types of injuries and how to avoid them.

www.handfootcare.com/hand_warmup.htm very graphic page on small but great exercises to warm up your hands and keep them in tip top shape.

www.musicianshealth.com/stretches.htm some more exercises.

www.hhsbands.com/forms/breathingexercise.pdf#search='exercises for musicians' some good stuff on breathing and more.

www.alexandercenter.com/pa/ Alexander technique for musicians

www.japanshakuhachi.com/handcareformusic.html Tips on how to care for your hands, a valuable asset for every musician.

www.hearnet.com/ Great resource for earplugs, tinnitus remedies and more.

exercise.about.com/library/bltravelworkout.htm some easy exercises to do when you are traveling and have no equipment.

www.dontlosethemusic.com/home/ great website on noise level awareness.

www.hear-the-world.com/  another website about hearing awareness backed up by some impressive names.

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Gianni

Gianni Chiarello has gained a reputation as an extremely versatile musician, having professional credits as a guitarist, bassist, arranger and producer. His music is a preconception-free mix of Jazz, Funk, Blues, R&B and contemporary elements, influenced by . Born in Italy, in his forming years he performed with some of his country's finest musicians working towards developing different styles, from rock to pop, funk and jazz. In 1999 he moved to Boston to attend Berklee College of Music, on a scholarship program, where he graduated with a Degree "Magna cum laude" in Professional Music, studying under the direction of Mick Goodrick, Hal Crook, Brett Willmott and Dave Samuels, also playing in the Boston area and along the States' east coast as a freelance musician. Alongside studio work, he has been performing with, and leading as Musical Director, numerous bands and orchestras, comping for celebrities from the sixties like The Platters, The Coasters, Bobby Arvon, The Diamonds, Vegas – Broadway entertainers like Tony Tillman, Kenny James, Hal Fraiser, Lorna Luft, Ben Vereen, Susan Anton and Roy Walker. Furthermore his work entailed musical theatre style production reviews, encompassing shows such as “Smokey Joe’s Café”, “We Will Rock You”, “Starlight Express”, “Grease” and “Rent”. After relocating to the UK in 2005, has performed, amongst others with Robbie McIntosh (John Mayer, Paul Mccartney) Jeremy Stacey (Tom Jones, Sheryl Crow), Jason Rebello (Sting, Jeff Beck), Iain Ballamy and many others. His latest instructional eBooks can now be purchased online: “Contemporary solo guitar” (2008) and “Contemporary blues soloing” (2009) “Contemporary Blues Chords and Comping” (2011)

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