I have been interested in health for a very long time, but I started thinking about it in terms of playing music when I was a freshman at the University of Evansville attempting to double major in Viola Performance and Computer Engineering.
I had a friend. We’ll call her Suzy. Suzy hadn’t practiced much in high school. She was talented enough to be the principal cellist in her high school orchestra without too much effort. She even made the all-state orchestra her senior year.
She was accepted into the music program at the University, and that’s where the game changed dramatically. Suzy was now expected to practice 2 hours a day, and she certainly didn’t want to let down her professor, so she went from practicing less than a half hour a day to 2 hours daily without even taking the time to ramp up her practice stamina.
And, she certainly wasn’t warming up properly, cooling down, or stretching. She jumped right into rigorous practice, because she wanted to make the most of her time.
The reality was, Suzy’s body couldn’t handle it. She developed tendonitis in her left elbow and dropped her cello major after just one semester.
The crazy thing is that Suzy wasn’t alone. Many of my friends ended up dropping their music majors because they became injured during that first semester of college. In short, their bodies were very angry with them.
Now, as a professional musician, I often have friends who tell me about their physical pains, and I have had some of my own. Thankfully, I have taken pretty good care of myself, and am in better shape today than I was 10 years ago.
I wrote Fast Fiddle Fitness because I saw that in general, musicians don’t take the time to properly care for their bodies. And, without your body, you can’t play a note.
I would like to create a new pattern in music, a pattern where we can all enjoy playing music pain-free for the entirety of our lives.
The warm-ups, cool-downs, stretches, and exercises in Fast Fiddle Fitness, will put you on a path to playing music powerfully and without pain. If you follow the recommendations daily for 6 weeks, I am certain that you will notice a difference in your level of comfort in your body.
And, if you don’t see an improvement, I will be happy to give you your money back.
pps. Fast Fiddle Fitness is also available for Free to all members of [my] Talent Forge. And the [my] Talent Forge version includes 2 bonus videos.
pps. I want Fast Fiddle Fitness to help as many people as possible. If you have an overuse injury, and truly cannot afford $9.95. Contact me, and I will get you a copy.