I am scheduled to play a private party (was 3 hrs now extended to 4) this coming Sunday.
I see some great suggestions here already, and I would also suggest a really good long soak in epsom salts afterwards. When I was doing organ repair work and ended up on some really awkward positions (suspended in seemingly mid air for hours) for long periods of times, the epsom soak always helped me for the next day.
Try to stay as hydrated as possible. Bring your own fluids (don’t rely on the venue to provide them) and include energy drinks if you tolerate them. Always stand while drinking and bend and stretch as described by others.
— Alice in windy Wyoming
Palying for such a long time can be hard on the radials and ulna. Extend your arms straight out in forn of you. Now make a fist and slowly curl your wrist downward as far as you can and hold it for 20 seconds. This will “untie” some bound up muscles in the forearm that you can get form prolonged playing.
Hi Kay, i do play every day for 3 hours, used for that , but did only one private party like the party you are talking about, me and the harp were drived by the car for 5 hours to get to the villa where to play, then played 4 hours , then back 5 hours, dont think
I stretch up as some have suggested, do shoulder shrugs, bend at the waist and touch the floor without bending my knees and from an outstretched postition, I try to slowly clap my hands behind my back.
I sometimes take ibuprofen either the last hour or before I go to bed.
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