Okay, I agree that playing music with 6 or more sharps may be something to avoid. But today I’m talking about staying clear of sharp objects. Yes, sharp objects! You may not realize how important your fingers are until you have an accident and cut one.
Unfortunately, I had a mishap a couple months ago while trimming a bouquet of flowers with sharp scissors. Call me majorly distracted but whoa, it happened. I won’t go into details but it wasn’t pretty.
Playing with a cut finger can be difficult, but if this ever happens to you, try drafting tape. Yep, good old-fashioned drafting tape. After trial and error with Band-Aids, scotch tape, rubber thimbles and wax coatings, drafting tape worked the best.
The outer coating of the tape has just enough texture to prevent your finger from slipping; and the thickness allows for accurate placement. Perfect! The drafting tape works best after the initial healing period to help soften the blow on healing nerve endings. So…Beware of Sharps my friends and have fun playing!
“String Musicians Beware of Sharps” author: Suzy, violinist and founder of Vogue Violin www.vogueviolin.com