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Links & On-Line Articles

Paul Marxhausen

Here is a excellent and award winning listing of recommended links and on-line articles from the folks above. The links are broken down into: General, Guitar Specific, Piano Specific, Wind Instrument Specific, and Stuff.




    • Jonas Sen's superb Playing the Piano,Playing...With Fire?A Study of the Occupational Hazards of Piano Playing - important reading for non-pianist musicians, too. A downloadable text-only version is now available by FTP from eeshop.unl.edu/text/musicmed.txt .
    • Thomas Mark's PIANIST'S INJURIES: Movement Retraining Is The Key To Recovery. In addition, he now has set up a web site at http://www.pianomap.com/ .
    • Portland State University has created the Coordinate Movement Program for Pianists , a program of study to "allow a limited number of applicants to pursue a degree option while recovering from pain, injury and physical limitations."
    • Niks Piano Technique and Hand Guide page provide information on another low-tension piano technique, as well as a special practice tool used to help learn the technique.
    • Stephen Marquiss shares his experiences and thoughts on healthy, effective, pain-free piano playing on his Web site.
    • Dr. Teresa Dybvig's The Balanced Pianist presents a variety of short, intensive programs for small groups of pianists, high school age and above, amateur and professional. In The Balanced Pianist programs, pianists improve their practice, performance, and teaching skills while growing to enjoy all these activities more. The goal of programs is removing tension in practice and performance through good musicianship, healthy movement and positive mental attitude, removing tension in teaching through use of learning styles, and general wellbeing. The web site has information about Taubman technique, Dunn & Dunn Learning Styles, about what constitutes a healthy approach to practice, performance, and teaching, and the curriculum of programs.
    • David C. Stanwood has developed technology to modify piano keyboard touch, thereby reducing the chances of injury. (See article on Key Weights listed below.)
    • Yuri Ziskin conducts an interesting discussion of what brings about injury on piano at pianoinjurycure.net . Unique content and conversational presentation.
    • Sheila Paige facilitates regular Piano Wellness workshops and seminars.
    • Irini Emanoilidis has many good resources and reviews relative to healthy piano playing, including the article "Preventive Techniques and Exercises for Pianists with Performance-Related Hand Injuries".
    • Robert Burnson discusses his experience with piano-related injury and his success in using both John Sarno's approach to pain relief, and Dorothy Taubman's philosophy (explained in good detail) of effective and safe piano technique.




    Some ergonomic accessories for various instruments are appearing on the market. Here's some on the web. I don't endorse all of these, just passing them along. Such items may be very useful indeed, but don't go looking for a gadget to "fix" all your problems. If you are already injured, for CERTAIN don't be thinking you can get an accessory or new instrument and then go right back to full-speed, full-time playing with no other changes and with no visit to the doctor. It doesn't work like that!

    • The new Y-strap ergonomic guitar strap is on the market.
    • Here's another ergo strap company, supporting several instruments with their designs.
    • Similarly, sax players may want to check out The Smart Strap
    • Arm'n Track guitar support, includes articles on playing position.
    • The Neck-Up guitar support.
    • Gracie Stands, makers of no-strap stands that hold your guitar in playing position. I use one of these myself - PMx.
    • Quodlibet Inc. sells ergo supports for Clarinet, Basset Horn, Oboe, English Horn, Oboe d'Amore, Bass Oboe, and now saxophone.
    • The Guitar Chair , optimized for classic guitar performance.
    • "BassBrace is a guitar belt - a revolutionary new way to support an electric bass or guitar that will shift the weight of the instrument off the shoulder and place it comfortably on the hips. At the same time, it provides for more optimal instrument positioning to relieve wrist strain." [Paul adds: I got one of these and use it with my solidbody electric guitar to give my hurting shoulders a break. I *do* endorse these.
    • Ton Kooiman designed and markets a number of woodwind thumb rests on his Woodwind Ergonomics website.
    • Nitin Aurora is compiling a list of guitar supports on his website.

      OTHER ERGONOMIC PRODUCTS: A whole lot of other ergonomic products, services, devices, etc. (mainly computer-oriented) are found on this Web page.

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