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August 13, 2015 - 8:01 pm
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I am in my fourth year of learning to play the violin, about a year of that playing on my own.  My teacher was offered a great teaching job and I didn't want to start with someone else because I knew I would be moving, which I did.  Still haven't found a teacher yet, but I still continue to practice. 

ANYWAY, pretty much from the beginning, I would and still get physically hot when playing the violin.  No joke!  Within 15 minutes, I am uncomfortably warm and at 30 minutes, I am literally sweating.  Only happens when I am playing and when my practice is over, I begin to cool down.

I have searched the internet looking for a reason and haven't found anything addressing this.  Anyone else experience this?  During the winter, I turn the heat down before practicing because I get so warm.  Now that it is summer, I turn the ac on about 30 minutes before so I can get through my practice, but I am still sweating after 30 minutes.

Please, this is not a joke or a prank, otherwise, my health is very good.

Thank you.  Jane

August 13, 2015 - 8:38 pm
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Hi Jane,

You are not alone. I heat up while playing the violin, guitar or piano - my head is actually dripping by the time I am done. I have never figured out a reason - other than maybe overheating my brain :^) AC makes no difference. I can turn on the fan for the piano or guitar but if I have the overhead fan on when playing the violin it sounds totally out of whack so not an option. Sorry no answer for you but wanted to let you know you are not alone :^)


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August 13, 2015 - 9:30 pm
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I would love to analyze that. Perhaps a video of how you play. My guess would otherwise be that you put a lot of energy and emotions into your playing.

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August 13, 2015 - 9:36 pm
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Hi Kathy, thanks for responding.  I still heat up with the a.c., without it, I don't know if I would be able to practice at all during warmer weather, and a fan is out of the question.  45 minutes is the longest I can play, and that's during the winter with the heat off, otherwise 30 minutes is my limit, also dripping with sweat.  If I were a more accomplished violinist, I don't know how I would be able to play more than 30 minutes at a time.



August 13, 2015 - 11:47 pm
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Hi Jane.

I get that too, always have.  Just something about playing music for some people always works up a bit of a sweat, I think.  I've known enough musicians over the years who were that way that I'm pretty sure it's not all that unusual.

And it *is* the music that does it somehow.  One band I was in, we had free weights and some exerise machines in the same room as we rehearsed in, and we used to work out a bit between practice sets to cool off.  LOL  And yeah, that actually worked. 

I think some folks get a bit more physically involved with the music than others.

Remember to stay hydrated and keep your snacks and beverages healthy while practising.   

"This young wine may have a lot of tannins now, but in 5 or 10 years it is going to be spectacular, despite the fact that right now it tastes like crude oil. You know this is how it is supposed to taste at this stage of development." ~ Itzhak Perlman

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August 14, 2015 - 4:05 am
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Yep I get that a lot too.

In fact, I find I get hot and sweaty whenever I'm doing a task that I'm struggling with, be it DIY, coooking, playing music. I think (for me) it's probably a stress reaction of some sort.

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August 14, 2015 - 5:05 am
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For the top two Canarie's, Jane and Kathy.

Maybe you're just playing to vigorously. LOL


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