How to Treat Sore Muscles From Playing Cello

Taking care of your body is one of the most important things you can do as a musician. Studies show that up to 80% of music students and professional musicians have suffered from a playing-related injury. It’s important to address any pain you experience while practicing or performing in order to prevent it from becoming a serious injury. Here are five ways to treat sore muscles from cello playing, as well as help prevent future injuries.

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Empowering Affirmations For Performing

The way we talk to ourselves before, during, and after a performance can have a huge impact on how we perform. If you find yourself in a negative headspace before a performance, it can be helpful to have some go-to affirmations to transform negative self-talk into positive thoughts. Here are some positive affirmations you can use to help boost your confidence before going onstage.

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Why Practicing Scales Is Important

If you’re a music student, you’ve probably heard your teacher tell you, “Don’t forget to practice your scales!” once or twice or maybe a thousand times. If you’re anything like me, you would probably groan and quickly play through your scales so you could move onto practicing your pieces. However, scales aren’t just about putting in the time. They give you the opportunity to strip away the dozens of other variables you would otherwise encounter in a piece to expose what is essentially the building blocks of music. Here is a list of reasons why scales are probably the most important thing to practice on a daily basis.

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How to Write a Music Resume

Before you are invited to audition or interview for your dream job, you will likely have to submit a resume. Resumes are also used to apply for degree programs, scholarships, summer festivals, competitions, grants, and more. An effective resume quickly and efficiently shows the reader your most pertinenet qualifications, skills, and experiences that are relevant to the particular opportunity for which you are applying. There is no one set format for an effective resume, but it is important to showcase relevant content in a compelling way. Here is a list of important content to include in your resume, as well as some free resume templets with formatting examples.

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What's In My Music Bag?

As cellists, we need so much more than just our instruments. There are a variety of essential accessories that every cellist uses on a daily basis. I like to keep all of my items in a music bag so they are easily accessible and portable. Here is a list of what I put in my music bag, and helpful tips for assembling all the items you need as cellist. 

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DIY Adjustments to Make Your Cello Sound Better

There are many factors that can effect the sound of your instrument, such as changes in temperature or your strings wearing out. If notice your cello sounds muffled, it might be time for a tune-up. Similar to a tune-up on a car, your instrument needs to be adjusted periodically in order to keep it running smoothly. Here is a list of adjustments you can make to improve the sound of your instrument. 

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Beta Blockers and a Natural Alternative

Beta blockers are used to help the physical response to anxiety. However, they do not help the psychological or emotional response, i.e. your concentration, confidence, doubts, fears, racing thoughts, etc. and may even cause negative side effects. Here is a list of natural supplements to try as an alternative to beta blockers. 

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