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 Practicing with a cold
Author: Philip Caron 
Date:   2018-01-09 03:39

I'm doing it. My throat seems sorer after playing than before. Obviously people sometimes have to play or perform while ill. Anyone have examples to relate or suggestions to make?

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 Re: Practicing with a cold
Author: RefacerMan 
Date:   2018-01-09 04:51

I would not practice during the five to seven days when your cold is at its worst. Don't take the chance of making your throat more sore or of blowing the infection farther into your sinuses. Take it easy and rest and you will get better faster and then you'll be able to practice.

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 Re: Practicing with a cold
Author: richard smith 
Date:   2018-01-09 18:36

NO, NO !!!!

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 Re: Practicing with a cold
Author: zhangray4 
Date:   2018-01-10 02:35

Don't... over the past few years I found out that I usually get sick anywhere from early January to mid-February, not sure why. Well that's right when I usually need to practice the most, for state/county honor band auditions, performances, concerts, etc. I would try my best to reduce my practice time, and sometimes I would just rest a day or two. But a lot of times, I have to do even more playing, such as full day rehearsals at state honor band. It only makes you feel worse.

-- Ray Zhang

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 Re: Practicing with a cold
Author: Burt 
Date:   2018-01-11 18:28

On general principles, for a few days after I think I'm over the cold, I clean my mouthpiece with alcohol, and my reed with alcohol or hydrogen peroxide. That way, the clarinet doesn't serve as a reservoir for the germs.

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 Re: Practicing with a cold
Author: Philip Caron 
Date:   2018-01-16 07:52

Followup. The variety of cold that's been going around here has been fairly severe and long lasting; mine in fact lasted about 12 days, and it was tedious, mostly due to poor sleep from coughing. I only practiced about the first six days, and then had to miss several consecutive days, which was very annoying because I'd already had to miss a number of days during the holidays to travel and family visits.

Playing did worsen the sore throat and sinus pain. It's hard to make an attribution, because right around then we had several days of sub-zero weather, plus a snow fall that I had to go out and clear, which took a couple hours in zero-degree air with gale-force gusts too often blowing the entire output of my snowblower directly back into my face as crystals of ice. It made my skin scream and my lips curse. The next day, exhausted and drenched after shoveling drifts and raking roofs and sanding walks, I decided to skip practice until I felt better.

I expected other posters to respond that when they catch a cold they often must play or they choose to play regardless. I was brought up to pretty much pursue normal activities through the course of a cold, including work. Bad examples eventually taught me to stay home from work to avoid giving colds to other people, but I'd still do stuff around the house. Now at age 64, maybe things are changing; is there actually a tiny scintilla of truth in that old myth about aging?

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