Archive for the ‘Playing Technique’ Category

Study Days from the British Voice Association

Wednesday, July 31st, 2013

The BVA has a number of courses coming up through September to November.

For full information on the following events take a look here: http://www.britishvoiceassociation.org.uk/events.htm

Rock and pop day - flyer
Voice and the Brain

Rock and Pop Day

Voice Science for Choirs: cutting edge thinking for choral conductors

Weak, Wobbly or Working?

Voice Clinics Forum

The Perils of Percussion Playing | Alcohol and the Performing Arts

Friday, March 22nd, 2013

A British Association for Performing Arts Medicine Training Event: 

Saturday 18th May 2013
Main University Building, Cardiff University, Park Place, Cardiff, CF10 3AT 

 

Hand problems in musicians with an emphasis on percussionists
Practical percussion demonstration
Ergonomics
Assessment & treatment advice
Dystonia update
Alcohol and the performing arts

Click here for the full programme.

£80 – Full Day
£50 – Students

To book your place or for more information please return this registration form by post or email the Office and Clinics Manager, Clare Hicks, via clare@bapam.org.uk

BAPAM Training Days provide in-depth explorations of key areas of Performing Arts Medicine and unique insights into aspects of performers’ health and wellbeing. We present performers’ perspectives as well as the expertise of experienced medical practitioners.

Our events are also a great opportunity for all those interested in and engaged with Performing Arts Medicine to meet and network.

For those of you who are GPs, BAPAM training days should qualify for CPD credits under the RCGP CPD credits scheme (please check this with them directly).

The State of Play 2013 – Musical Instrument Day

Thursday, February 14th, 2013

Saturday 23rd March

10:00-17:00
(Registration from 09:30)
Saturday 23rd March

The Old Refectory, Wilkins Building, Main Quadrangle, University College London WC1E 6BT

A study day for performers, healthcare practitioners, music teachers, manufacturers and modifiers of musical instruments

Enhancing performance and facilitating healthier practice

Bespoke instrument modifications and manufacturing technology

Investigating tools for musicians’ rehabilitation from injury

Configuring the musical interface for healthy performance

Musical instrument ergonomics 

Sessions focusing on brass, strings and guitar

Full Day £75 Half Day £40

BAPAM Practitioner £65

Students £50

To reserve your place please email admin@bapam.org.uk and we’ll send you a booking form. 

More information: State of Play Instrument Day Programme

Photo: MFHiatt

Taubman Approach Symposium

Tuesday, February 5th, 2013

The Golandsky Institute present a symposium on the Taubman Approach, an instrumental playing technique that many musicians find useful in preventing playing related injuries and in overcoming problems if they do occur. The symposium will cover the application of the technique to both piano and violin.

The Symposium takes place at St John’s College, Cambridge, March 23rd and 24th 2013.

Further information and booking

 

Gig Grips Drumstick Grips

Wednesday, May 30th, 2012

“The most dangerous musical instrument is the drums,” says Dr Jaume Rosset i Llobet, Director of the Institute of Physiology and Medicine of Art-Terrassa, Barcelona (and co-author of the excellent, The Musician’s Body, A Maintenance Manual for Peak Performance).

For the last couple of years the Institute has been testing the effectiveness of Gig Grips Drumstick Grips, which were developed to enable drummers to play without over-gripping their sticks. “We have used Gig Grips for those patients who need to reduce the grip force used to play, such as those with traumatic hand injuries or over-use symptoms. We are very pleased with the results and will continue using Gig Grips with our patients.”

Over-gripping can also be caused by the tendency to grip harder as sticks start to slip whilst playing. This happens mostly during gigs where sweaty conditions and the pressure of performance combine. Over time, tension combined with the impact of hitting drums can lead to career-limiting injuries. The idea behind Gig Grips is to help by enabling drummers to play with a more relaxed and natural grip, reducing muscle tension, vibrations and impact shock.

They are produced by Think9 Ltd, a company focused on innovative percussion product development. You can learn more about Gig Grips at the website: www.giggrips.com.

Note: We haven’t tested Gig Grips here at BAPAM and can’t provide information on their effectiveness (though they’ve had lots of good feedback from professional drummers). We’d love to hear from any drummers out there who’ve tried them – what do you think?

How to be a Healthy Musician

Tuesday, May 15th, 2012

A FREE event at St Nicholas Church, Dyke Rd; Brighton.

Saturday May 19th 2012, 4-5pm.

Part of the series, The Musicians Body.

Drusilla Redman, physiotherapist, lecturer and health advisor to the Guildhall School of Music & Drama and BAPAM discusses the benefits of being strong, fit and healthy in order to maximise musical potential and to handle the demands of performance.

Presented by Music Of Our Time and supported by BAPAM.

Violinists and Viola Players Research

Thursday, May 10th, 2012

Violinists and viola players – would you like to find out more about how to optimise your playing?

Photo: Mel B.

Postgraduate student and violinist, Dr Alison Loram, is looking for student, professional and amateur violinists and viola players for her study.

The study, in collaboration with University College London and Manchester Metropolitan University, aims to understand more about the neuromuscular aspects of playing the violin/viola, and the effects that these may have upon musculoskeletal and other playing-related problems.

Alison believes that violinists and viola players taking part will benefit from the insights gained: “You will have the opportunity to see how your neck and shoulder muscles are involved in holding and playing your instrument, the bodily movements you make, and how these may be optimised to enhance your playing and reduce/prevent muscular tension”.

The study is open to any student, professional or experienced amateur (regardless of whether or not you have playing-related problems), and will involve attending one individual 2-hour session during May, July/August or September.  The confidential session (to be held at Manchester Metropolitan University in Manchester City Centre near to the Royal Northern College of Music), will involve standing and playing your instrument for very short periods whilst your muscular activity and movements are recorded and analysed using ultrasound scanning and movement analysis equipment.  No preparation is required.

Participation is voluntary and you can leave the research at any time. If you agree to participate in the study, you will be given a detailed information sheet and a consent form.

For further details or to sign up for the study, please contact Dr Alison Loram directly by emailing alison@loram8.freeserve.co.uk

Please share this article amongst any family, friends or colleagues you think may be interested in participating.

Note: This research project is not being conducted by BAPAM. The project has official ethics approval from UCL (University College of London) and is covered by UCL’s data protection protocol.

The Performing Brain

Monday, February 27th, 2012

Friday March 16th: Neurology advisor to BAPAM (and keen musician!), Dr Mark Edwards, will take part in The Performing Brain, a fun, interactive evening presented by the Science team at the British Library and UCL Neuroscience, involving researchers from the UCL Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience and the UCL Institute of Neurology.

Have you ever wondered how a ballerina learns to pirouette? Or how musicians learn their art? Or even what happens to your own brain when you learn a new skill?

Join neuroscientists, musicians and dancers as together we explore how fantastically plastic your brain is, giving you the extraordinary ability to adapt and learn throughout your life.

More information and tickets here.

 

Guitarists Research

Tuesday, February 21st, 2012

Guitarists, are you interested in taking part in research into guitar support tools and the curvature of your spine while playing?

Postgraduate UCL student, Efthalia Paleokastriti, is looking for classical and acoustic guitarists for her study.

Efthalia believes that guitarists taking part will benefit from the insights gained: “You will have the opportunity to test your guitar playing using different support tools and you may decide which is better for you. Moreover, you may be more informed about the “right” posture of the body while holding the guitar and about ergonomic playing”.

Efthalia explains the project and how you can get involved:

Dear Guitarist,

I am investigating functional scoliosis in guitarists using different guitar support tools.

This involves a temporary change of spinal curvature caused by a provocative factor – in this case, playing the guitar.

I am looking for guitarists to participate in the research project. Specifically, classical or acoustic guitarists (who use a footstool or ergo play guitar support equipment) and who are professionals or experienced guitar players (3 years or more).

The research includes:

  1. answering an anonymous questionnaire (questions about guitar playing habits/pain occurrence/use of guitar support tools).
  2. arrangement of a meeting in which we will take photos of your back while you hold the guitar and use guitar tools.

Participating in this research will be beneficial for you because you will learn more about ergonomic playing and you will try different guitar support equipment.

Participation is voluntary and you can leave the research at any time. If you agree to participate in the study, you will be given a detailed information sheet and a consent form. If you have any queries about our project do not hesitate to contact me.

We are looking forward to hearing from you.

Please read the Information Sheet which includes a detailed description of the project.

And please complete and return the Anonymous Questionnaire – you can answer it even if you decide not to participate in the measurement part of the research.

Contact details: EFTHALIA PALAIOKASTRITI. Email: thaliapaleo@gmail.com

Note: This research project is not being conducted by BAPAM. The project has official ethics approval from UCL (University College of London) and is covered by UCL’s  data protection protocol.

Well-being for Cellists

Friday, March 4th, 2011

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Click on the  image for the event flyer.

The London Cello Society‘s Well-being for Cellists workshop takes place on Sunday 13th March 2011 at the Royal Academy of Music. Expert presenters,  Katherine Butler (Preventing Hand Injuries), Selma Gocken (Alexander Technique), Erika Klemperer (Psychodynamic Psychotherapy) and Felicity Vincent (Pilates Method) discuss:

How do we play our instrument in harmony with our design?

How can we take advantage of the wonderful natural coordination we possess as human beings?

How can we pass on to our students the knowledge that will prevent injuries?

What are the emotional challenges of our profession and how do they affect our well-being?

The event costs £50 or just £25 for students/concessions with a 25% discount for LCS members.

Click here for more information and to book your place.