Meri’s Musical Musings

(Prescription) Drugs and Music Performance, part 2

Posted on: August 5, 2012

Some people feel that since athletes are not allowed to perform at competitive events while using various drugs, both legal and illegal, that musicians should not either. But there is one big difference between musicians and athletes. While athletes are aiming for faster, higher, farther, strong achievements which determine the winners, they are not the same qualities in a successful musical performance, which include suitable tempo, right notes, right articulations, fine tone quality, and dynamic range.

Some people also say that the performances when they play while on prescriptions flattens out their feelings and they feel they cannot fully express themselves, and they quit the meds within 3 months of starting them. But if you give the meds a fair chance to work, at least 6 months, you can regain, even enhance, the emotional feeling with much more controlled nervousness, especially if you are dealing with prescriptions for depression or anxiety. The greatly controlled nerves in performances could cut down significantly the amount of time you need to practice, up to 80% less time may be needed, but most can cut their practice amount in at least half by giving the prescription drugs a fair shot.


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