Fit as a Fiddle - Workshop with Pamela Frank and Howard Nelson

My review of the “Fit as a Fiddle” class with Pamela Frank and Howard Nelson. This was all about healthy string playing, overcoming injury, and injury prevention primarily for violin and viola players. Frank and Nelson have a 1-year residency at USC this year co-teaching lessons.

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Some Not-So-Obvious Adult Life Lessons

~A few of the unlikely "Oh Duh"s of being an adult and also sometimes a musician.~


Never mix the oil into peanut butter while wearing ‘professional’ clothes.

Good posture is more attractive than a fancy new hair cut.

Answer emails ASAP or suffer the hiring freeze.

Don’t eat popcorn while driving. Trust Me.

Just because somebody offers their advice/opinion/approach does not mean they are more right than you are.

I still eat Peanut butter and Jelly sandwiches for dinner.

Iron fancy clothes before the very last minute.

I have yet to get sick from eating raw cookie dough.

Telling your teacher you didn’t practice this week will guarantee you a failing grade for that lesson.

Don’t walk to a gig in your concert shoes no matter how close it is. Just don’t.

It is not your job to police your standpartner.

Always have a friend or 2 who are more than proficient at doing hair and makeup. They will come in so handy at recital time – BELIEVE ME!

Strapless performance gown? Toupé tape is your best friend.

What else? The seemingly simple and silly things that you figure out as an adult. Share yours below!