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Vixen Concertina playing and muscular training (13) RE: Concertina playing and muscular training 20 Aug 12

I do 15 minutes of resistance/free-weight (5#) work daily for my wrists--I play guitar, and I've found that my stamina is greatly increased since I started this regimen. I can play lickity-split bluegrass rhythm for an hour now without needing a break to stretch my wrists. My strumming used to get out of control from muscle fatigue after about 20 minutes. Reynaud plays concertina, and says that he finds playing standing up more difficult than sitting down, so unless we're doing strolling minstrelsy, he sits to play it. As for postural distortion--look at bluegrass banjo pickers: they're all permanently twisted from hauling 20# of banjo around over one shoulder strap. There's one who has a cane threaded onto the bottom of his banjo, and that holds the weight--all he has to do is keep it steady while he's playing.

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