Posted by Patrick J. McKenna on September 17, 2002 at 21:17:42:
In Reply to: Re: Lips are killing me posted by James on September 13, 2002 at 10:29:20:
: : u mean lip balm. i read that it can damage the harp.
: : Yeah, you might notice it piling up on the edges of the comb,that can be scraped off.
: Take a break for a day and use some healing
: ointment like "UnPetroleum SMARTMOUTH"
Hey Guys and Gals (My followups are equal opportunity-minded)...
If you employ some PM...preventive maintainance...you might be able to eliminate or at least minimize some of the unique discomforts that us harmonica players must endure. Guitarists and bassists get blisters on their finger tips (which can be painful and are worse when you allow yourself to fall out of practice or if you are a beginner) while trumpet players split a lip.
I suggest taking care to avoid chapped lips. Chapstick is great. If you already have problems, such as cuts, cold sores or chapping, antibiotic ointment applied at night can really help to speed up the healing process. Of course, you want to make sure that you don't mess up your harmonicas. Common sense enters the picture here.
We all probably know the importance of the proper care of our harmonicas. Let's not forget the proper care of the harmonicist (a fancy term for harmonica player)! It very important that we also take care of ourselves.
Wishing you success in your endeavors (and good health too),
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