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Don’t Let Arthritis Pain Stop You From Performing!

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Image result for playing guitarGiven that one out of every five Americans suffers from some form of arthritis, it is no surprise that musicians are counted within that number.  This means that there are some musicians out there playing the guitar through the pain barrier.

Perhaps the worst part is that most of these musicians attribute the early symptoms of arthritis to over-playing or exhaustion and do not get themselves looked at but until a condition is pretty advanced.

Arthritis and Music Playing

Typical initial symptoms of arthritis include an inability to even lift up your arms.  The pain associated with it makes simple task we usually take for granted appear as difficult feats.  So, imagine the pain in every stroke of the guitar string and thinking that you have to stop doing what you love most.

Lack of information probably has musicians on the verge of quitting their art.  However, studies have actually shown that exercises associated with finger movement and music playing can actually help arthritis sufferers.  As a matter of fact, musicians with arthritis have developed greater dexterity and muscle strength in muscles and arms.

You should know that there is no cure for arthritis but there are ways in which you can deal with it.  There is obviously a lot of pain associated with it.  So,  you might be asking yourself you are you going to deal with a 2-hour concert of constant playing while your joints are slowly killing you in pain?

Among musicians, the most common types of arthritis are osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, fibromyalgia, and carpal tunnel syndrome.

Types of Arthritis and How to Deal with Them

Making a survey of the most common types of arthritis and how to deal with them specifically can ensure a better quality of life.  In all cases, you should visit your doctor and ask them what are better ways to cope.  Take every prescription seriously and make sure you follow them religiously.

  • Osteoarthritis is the most common type of arthritis and it makes your joint cartilage to break down.  This means that bones rub against each other and eventually lose movement.  When bones rub against each other you suffer pain and they wear out.   Not being too active or excessive use of joints, such as long playing sessions, worsens the condition.  Besides this, repetitive movements, excess weight, injury, genetic predisposition, joint overuse, and aging increase the chances of getting OA.   Treatment includes occupational therapy, medications, and exercise.
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis happens when the immunes system attacks the joints causing an inflammation of their lining.  This leads to joint pain and loss of function.   It can happen at any age but the most common age is 25 to 50 years old.  Most of the damage of RA is done during the first five years, so it is important to get treatment soon.  If you are feeling some pain and stiffness in your joints, it is important to get treatment soon.  Treatment for this degenerative form includes exercise, medicine, and symptoms-management therapy.
  • Fibromyalgia causes general muscle pain and high sensitive to pressure.  This one is difficult to diagnose but it usually occurs in patients who suffer RA.  Patients with fibromyalgia have widespread pain and deep muscle tenderness at several body sites. Treatment aims to deal with the pain as there is no cure.
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome happens with constant pressure on the median nerve on your wrist.  It is not really a form of arthritis and it can be treated effectively.  When you suffer this condition, you experience numbness, pain, and tingling, making music playing more difficult.  One effective treatment for this condition is the use of braces for carpal tunnel syndrome.

Tips For Dealing with Arthritis

You do not really need to make a complete life change to deal with arthritis.  But there are some changes that you can make that will actually make you have a fuller life.

  • Eath a healthy diet and don’t stuff your face before going to a concert.  Save the dinner for after the git.
  • Stretch your muscles in your fingers, arms, and all major muscles you know you will be using during a performance.
  • Don’t overwork your muscles.  As much as exercise can actually help with the condition, overuse can actually make it worse.
  • Use gloves for arthritis to help you cope with the pain and it is actually the least invasive method to treat osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.


Why Every Band Needs a Sign for a Gig

Hi everyone! This is Sid from Signs Calgary. In this article, we are going discuss the importance of a sign for a Gig. Every band, both old and new, will need to have a band logo. Without it, they will not be able to publicize their works easily. By having a band sign, you will help people remember your band – you are creating an identity. However, this shouldn’t just be an identity, just like company logos, band logos should convey messages.

As you can see, there are hundreds of different logos out there, from Facebook’s iconic “F” logo to Walmart’s popular sign to your local convenience store’s signage, logos are everywhere. If you see a silver apple logo, then you’ll immediately think about the iconic iPhone smartphone, or the popular personal computer, the MacBook.

Once you have a band logo, you’ve already established your identity. You will start gaining followers. People will print your band logo on their shirt or perhaps you can sell merchandises with your band’s logo in it such as mugs, shirts, phone case and more. This will help them to easily remember and identify you – and easily differentiate you from other bands which can possibly have the same name and genre. Well, of course, if you produce better music and songs than your rival bands, then it will certainly help you gain more following and in turn, will increase your band’s popularity.

Now, every band needs a sign for a gig. This will be one of the main methods that you can use to increase your band’s presence and people’s awareness of your music and your group. Of course, a sign shouldn’t just contain a band’s logo, it should be properly designed to be able to reflect the type of music the band plays.

One of the most important things on a gig sign is the color and the font used. The font should be the same as what was used in the band’s logo. But it doesn’t have to be perfectly similar, it can be close in terms of appearance. Next thing is the background design. For a pop band, it might incorporate light-hearted stuff, while for a heavy metal band, it’ll compose of macho or brutal design.

Anyways, you need a gig sign to:

  • Increase exposure – passersby that see your gig sign might get interested and look you up on YouTube – if you have videos there.
  • Familiarize people with your band – band logos are part of a band’s identity.
  • Convey a message – if you collect CDs or stream music from services like Spotify, the band logo almost always easily tells you about the kind of music they do.
  • Leave an impression – a well-crafted gig sign will leave a lasting impression and people might even take pictures of themselves with your gig sign.
  • Shows professionalism – just by having a gig sign shows people that you are serious about establishing your band.

Nashville Recap: Highlights of the CMT Awards

The CMT Awards are the country version of the Video Music Awards. So, it happened two days ago, right in the beautiful Nashville. The show started with a beautiful tribute to the late Gregg Allman, who sadly passed this year, on May 27, due to complications with liver cancer. Jason Aldean, Darius Rucker and Charles Kelley from Lady Antebellum performed a version of the song “Silver Dollar” in honor of the legend’s career and his influence on country music.

The stars brought the heat on the stage

Carrie Underwood, Miranda Lambert, Kellie Pickler, Lady Antebellum, Little Big Town, Blake Shelton, Florida Georgia Line, Charles Eston and so many other stars were there, and Oh my God! It was amazing! Everybody looked astonishing and I saw so many amazing performances on the stage.

Miranda Lambert performed a hot version of the song “Pink Sunglasses”. The blonde was beautiful on the stage in a black dress and a colorful makeup. The America’s sweetheart and the CMT’s favorite, Carrie Underwood, won an awards, making history with 17 awards over the years.  You can check out Miranda Lambert’s performance right here.

Hollywood had fun too

Ashton Kutcher was on the stage as a presenter, Nicole Kidman supported Keith Urban, and she looked great in a black dress, Jada Pinkett-Smith was a presenter, going on the stage in a beautiful pink dress and Katherine Heigl brightened the red carpet in a chiffon dress.

Crazy collaborations night

CMT is known for creating fascinating shows on the stage, so we had an amazing show this year too. Among all the great performances, I also witnessed great collaborations. Peter Frampton sang with Brothers Osborne, Florida Georgia Line performed on the rooftop with The Chainsmokers “Last Day Alive”. Luke Bryan and Jason Derulo performed the version of “Want to Want Me,” with an astonishing version of Bryan’s song “Strip It Down,” a performance where Bryan played on the piano. And in the final performance I heard Lady Antebellum with the song “Earth Wind and Fire”.

I can’t forget about the funny moments with Charles Eston! He kind of roasted the celebrities and he was hilarious, I really enjoyed the moments and no one can watch that without laughing. I can only say that CMT Awards rightfully deserve the audience and its reputation as one the most important awards in country music. I totally enjoy watching the arrival of the stars at the CMT, to their amazing performances on the stage and the emotions of winning an award!

Has Grunge Died with Chris Cornell?

It’s been nearly a month since Chris Cornell passed away, a victim of his personal demons. He left behind a legacy none can match. As has been seen these past few weeks, Chris was and will continue to be held in high regard.

His first commercially successful band, Soundgarden, is considered one of the cornerstones of Grunge music. While other bands generally received more attention, more headlines, and more sales, it was Chris and Soundgarden that were always considered, especially by his contemporaries, to embody the grunge sound and what it meant.

Is Grunge Gone?

That’s a particularly difficult question to answer. As mentioned, many legends of rock and roll from Alice Cooper to Jimmy Page to Slash considered Chris to be the embodiment of the sound. Grunge has not been a kind genre to many of its leading bands. Starting with Kurt Cobain in 1994, one band after another has suffered a major loss. This has always lead to light being shone on the remaining forefathers. The opinion of many is that Eddie Vedder, Chris’s close friend, is now the only one left.

But that doesn’t really answer the question. Soundgarden broke up in 1997. In the interim, Chris formed Audioslave with former members of Rage Against the Machine. The music was amazing. But it wasn’t really grunge, more of a fusion of 70’s and 90’s rock. When Soundgarden reunited and performed their classic material, that was definitely grunge. Their new material… not so much. Eddie is still with us, and Pearl Jam was a trailblazer. But they haven’t played grunge in years.

Post-Grunge Legacy

What happened? Bands broke up. People died. Many rockstars suffer from addictions. The bands that forged a new path for music starting in ’91/’92 were mostly gone by ’97. They were a flash in the pan. But they paved the way for the widespread popularity and acceptance of a new kind of rock, a new kind of sound, a new kind of purpose. This wasn’t your parent’s glam metal ballad bands. This was rock with substance, with meaning. Beyond the apathy, cynicism (and the anti-establishment left over from punk), was actual idealism. Hope. Something for the new generation to cling to.

That legacy has managed to live on. Rock has continued to fracture like it always does. Twenty years later and there hasn’t been another revolution like grunge. But the idea that the medium can do more than stir lust and anger is what grunge taught us. Whether it died in the 90’s or died with Chris or is still alive with Eddie, that legacy will stay with us for as long as rock itself remains.