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Is rowing bad for piano? (Read 1487 times)

Offline david456103

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Is rowing bad for piano?
« on: January 26, 2016, 04:51:19 AM »
I'm interested in joining my college rowing team, but I'm scared that crew is bad for the muscles that are used to play piano - any thoughts? Thanks!

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Re: Is rowing bad for piano?
«Reply #1 on: January 26, 2016, 06:56:51 AM »
Well... I've had a couple of students who used to play piano and guitar, but when they started rowing, they'd get blisters at the base of their fingers on their palms. Quite harsh ones, which developed into callouses eventually. I don't think they were allowed to use gloves, but I presume the damage would be far less if you were allowed to use them.

But I presume it would also be painful on the fingers for a while.

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Re: Is rowing bad for piano?
«Reply #2 on: January 26, 2016, 10:28:24 AM »
Sometimes I wonder if my masturbation will hinder my progress.

Offline rubinsteinmad

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Re: Is rowing bad for piano?
«Reply #3 on: January 26, 2016, 04:40:44 PM »
Sometimes I wonder if my masturbation will hinder my progress.
Not that type of rowing!   :-X


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Re: Is rowing bad for piano?
«Reply #4 on: January 27, 2016, 02:51:44 AM »
Sure it could be bad, rowing injuries are not uncommon.
However, if you are not getting too sore or injured from an activity then it may be okay.
Is there something more specific that you are concerned about?

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Re: Is rowing bad for piano?
«Reply #5 on: January 27, 2016, 05:54:36 AM »
Well... I've had a couple of students who used to play piano and guitar, but when they started rowing, they'd get blisters at the base of their fingers on their palms. Quite harsh ones, which developed into callouses eventually. I don't think they were allowed to use gloves, but I presume the damage would be far less if you were allowed to use them.


I always were gloves when rowing because my skin blisters immediately and never really hardens properly. Why on earth would it be forbidden to wear gloves? It's not like doping is it?

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Re: Is rowing bad for piano?
«Reply #6 on: January 27, 2016, 10:29:52 AM »
Sometimes I wonder if my masturbation will hinder my progress.

If it is too time-consuming, then yes. Play your arpeggios on the piano instead, I believe they sound better there.



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Re: Is rowing bad for piano?
«Reply #7 on: January 27, 2016, 11:06:51 AM »
Sometimes I wonder if my masturbation will hinder my progress.

I'm amazed you get time to practice at all...    ;D