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Old 01-19-2017, 11:58 AM   #1
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Default Playing while having a cold

hey there friends. again here. how are you all? well. so i caught a cold. its not not nice. but my question is. would there be much of a problem if i play the pipes while sick? my bag is a canmore syntetic. greetings!
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Old 01-19-2017, 12:17 PM   #2
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I don't think you are going to cause any problems with the pipes, but my own experience is that when you have a cold your capacity to blow is decreased and you will just feel awful trying to play. Wiser to take a break and get well......
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Old 01-19-2017, 12:28 PM   #3
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Just the thought of playing pipes with bad sinuses makes me wince. I'm getting over a cold now and the last thing I want to do is have additional pressure in my head!


I remember back when I was learning, my instructor would take whatever powerful cold drug he could get his hands on to be able to play as promised at a paid gig. But it wasn't the most comfortable and pleasant thing to do!

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Old 01-19-2017, 12:48 PM   #4
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I've often found (although not with latest supercold I've caught) that playing the pipes helped me through a cold faster. It definitely helps in strengthening my lungs through the duration of the cold.

However, tuning is another story - usually my ears are plugged, so it's not perfect. Sneezing, coughing...yeah, I'm going back to bed.
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Old 01-19-2017, 01:31 PM   #5
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I would suggest not playing while you're sick. I've had a cold since January 2nd, and am just now thinking about getting back on GHB. Unless you have to, it's probably counter-productive and frustrating because you will likely feel worse and things will not sound right to you ( even if they sound OK to other people).
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Old 01-19-2017, 03:13 PM   #6
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Now you have an excuse to drink plenty of fluids and give the pipes a rest.
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Old 01-19-2017, 03:35 PM   #7
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I've often found ... that playing the pipes helped me through a cold faster.
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Old 01-19-2017, 04:12 PM   #8
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Old 01-20-2017, 06:31 AM   #9
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On the one hand, I've been fortunate to have the experience of having a great many paid gigs over the last several years. On the other hand, it also means that I've had to endure quite a few situations where, within reason, I had to play a gig whilst feeling ill.

No doubt about it, it's awful. And depending on what ales you, in my experience, playing highland pipes can make your condition considerably worse.

I distinctly remember a particularly nasty head cold I had a couple of years ago, and it hit during a series of four days in a row where I needed to play for extended periods. It was a 3-day holiday weekend (Columbus Day I think) plus one more event on Tuesday. For all four days, I played usually half hour stints, 4 to 5 times each day. Whenever I felt like I was improving (headache, body aches, fever, sore throat, etc), I of course would again need to play, after which I felt worse than I did in the first place.

By the start of the third day, the lymph nodes in my neck (just below my jaw) started to swell severely. The swelling became so bad that I had difficulty speaking (granted, I'm sure some people prefer me that way), and it was becoming nearly impossible for me to chew/swallow solid food.

I honestly don't know how the heck I survived all the way through the fourth day. I pulled it off, but I certainly wasn't the happier for it. I called out sick from my regular job for the remainder of the work week, as I had another full two days of playing that coming weekend.

By Friday, I felt mostly recovered, but the playing from the following weekend brought it all back. All-in-all, that illness stuck with me for the better part of a month.

That was probably the worst experience I ever had to deal with, but whenever I'm sick, playing highland pipes has proven to be one of the worst things I can do to my immediate health. So if you can avoid it, for your own sake, it's best to wait until you recover.

Cheers, and feel better soon!

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Old 01-20-2017, 11:39 AM   #10
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I don't think you are going to cause any problems with the pipes, but my own experience is that when you have a cold your capacity to blow is decreased and you will just feel awful trying to play. Wiser to take a break and get well......
But what about the germs or whatever that I would think that you're blowing into the bag (just like breathing all over another person)? Definitely wiser to take that break and play your electronic chanter ...
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