Live no 12: Avoiding blisters when playing the harp

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Today’s topic is BLISTER CARE!
Why this topic?

– link to the original short blog post which turned out to be one of the most frequently visited on my blog
– do blisters have anything to do with the technique?
– what can you do to prevent them from happening?

Regular practice

– even if you don’t have much time, try to play at least 10 minutes a day – if you don’t have much time for anything else, a quick warm-up routine will do
– a few short sessions or one long one?
– what to do if you just came back from holiday?

Helpful accessories

– “practice harp” for holidays
felt harp picks for glissandi and how to speak to a conductor if you haven’t got them

Water and skin

– washing your hands – what to watch out for?
– swimming pool, bath/shower, doing dishes and other “dangers”

What your nails have to do with blisters?
– how short do they really need to be?
– how often should we cut them? and should we really cut them?

Taking care of your hands… while you sleep

What to do (or not!) when you have a blister…

– how long do you have to wait for it to heal
– what to do if you really have to play, and what the names Leukopor/Micropore/Viscoplast mean
– when to see a doctor

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