Unfortunately, the subject of how to cure tendinitis has been on my mind a lot lately since I have been playing music nonstop and have been experiencing some pain.While I was able to beat my tendinitis the first time around, this recent resurgence (among others in the past few years) made me very nervous and I decided to start a quest to find out how to get rid of it once and for all. There is still only one true way to ensure that you do not get tendon pain and problems: to do everything you possibly can to maintain and prevent the problems before they ever happen. If you’ve read my post about how you are an athlete than you know what I mean.
This time around I have discovered even more new ways to combat the problem of tendinitis. This is basically just a warm-up post to give you a heads up: in my next post, I will describe to you the new routine that I have been following which has led to what I would personally call miraculous results. Before I started following this routine, it often felt like tendinitis was similar to breaking out of a prison cell. It was like you had to be patient for years, constantly digging an inch more every day until you could finally escape. Sometimes, the guards would catch you before you could escape and you would have to start all over again. This new method that I have been following has led to the fastest recovery time I’ve ever experienced with my numerous bouts of tendinitis. I only hope that you can experience similar results! More soon!
While I was at the Brubeck Institute, in Stockton, CA, I had the priviledge of working with a great young pianist, Taylor Eigsti. Taylor is one of my favorite people to study with and I go back to him for lessons whenever I feel in need of some inspiration. Whenever I feel bored with a subject, he instantly finds a way to challenge me. I have lots of great ideas and exercises that I will eventually get around to posting about that I have learned from Taylor, but I wanted to take a look at this video of him playing “Like Someone In Love.” You’ll notice that throughout the video he uses lots of great runs in his left hand to fill up space, acting as exciting, modern-sounding fills.
Note that Kissin is not a jazz pianist. Rachmaninov is not a jazz composer. But check out the first piano arpeggio in this movement of the piece. I once asked my room mate, a classical pianist, to try to improvise for me. I noticed something very intriguing. He already sounded better than a lot of jazz pianists I know just because he had such a vast classical vocabulary. He took the riffs and arpegios, etc. that he knew from classical music and applied them over chords. What jazz musicians often don’t realize is that they can do this too! There’s an infinite world out there of beautiful material that can be used. This arpegio is a great example of such an instance. It is very different from the typical jazz arpegio which tends to just arpegiate a chord, but Rachmaninov adds in extra notes for color and effect. Why not do the same jazzers?
Imagine that you are a professional soccer player. What steps would you take to make sure you played consistently at your prime without injury? You’d make sure your body was in shape. In order to have the right fuel for your body, you would monitor what you ate and make sure to eat healthily. To prevent injury, you would warm up before every single work out or game. You would also stretch before and after you played religiously. Part of your maintaining your health would likely include taking vitamins and supplements to ensure that your body had what it needed to be strong and replenish itself. If you wanted to build muscle and recover from training, you would want to sleep as much as possible. You would take breaks in between exercises and you would take days off so as not to overdo it. If you didn’t take all of these steps? You would get injured. You would be tired. You would not be primed to heal. If you didn’t warm up, you might pull a muscle. If you didn’t stretch after a workout, you would be sore. If you didn’t take time off, you would overdo it and injure yourself.
What do musicians do? We use our arms for hours on end. To be at our prime, we not only need to prepare physically, but mentally. We must have our body primed correctly for this type of muscle use, and we must take certain precautions to avoid injury, just like an athlete.
Get the point? If you are a musician, then YOU ARE AN ATHLETE.