Staying hydrated during practice

April 18, 2012 at 04:17 PM · I prefer pabst because the gas station down the street has a good deal on a 6-pack of pints. What do you guys like to drink while practicing?

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April 19, 2012 at 12:16 AM · 10 hours practice a day is most unlikely scenario for me (and most others, I imagine), but since you ask, after about an hour of playing I find a black coffee (no sugar) very acceptable.

April 19, 2012 at 01:10 AM · I always keep a water bottle next to my chair when ever I practice so that if I get thirsty I can take a sip.

April 19, 2012 at 02:54 AM · I like black coffee, but I do occasionally loosen up and drink some seltzer water.

April 19, 2012 at 03:02 AM · If I were practicing that long I'd be drinking Gin with painkillers.

April 19, 2012 at 03:02 AM · Canadian whiskey. Sometimes, my practice sessions get really long, and I'm on a budget.

April 19, 2012 at 03:28 AM · How does beer ,coffee and alcohol hydrate anyone? I take a salmon oil pill and a large glass of almond milk, or pineapple juice to protect the ears. Coffee and alcohol is also hard on the hearing.

April 19, 2012 at 03:28 AM · I like Ray and Emily's suggestions. I'd probably have a Vodka Martini, shaken, not stirred. :D

April 19, 2012 at 03:45 AM · Redbull

April 19, 2012 at 04:26 AM · For me it is water-only. When I concentrate really hard on playing the violin, I find myself drinking about one liter per hour. Afterwards I tend to get very hungry too... I could have been working out and it would not make any difference.

As coffee and alcohol is pretty much unhealthy and makes me play worse, I certainly do not drink that before practicing. But after ten full hours I might need a drink too, I never actually tried that...

April 19, 2012 at 06:16 AM · I think a martini break on the hour, every hour, should do it, unless you can't concentrate that long and you get thirsty again. Then you should take a martini break every half hour. I prefer Grey Goose, dirty.

April 19, 2012 at 06:51 AM · I'm with Michael - sugar-free Red Bull.

But I've never practiced 10 hrs a day and certainly never intend to...what's wrong with 2.5-3.5/day? :)

April 19, 2012 at 07:53 AM · You can't fit enough alcohol into 2.5-3.5 hours.

April 19, 2012 at 08:03 AM · Next time you're out here Emily, martinis are on me :)

April 19, 2012 at 11:02 AM · I'll second Trevor's and Patrick's recommendations. Coffee (with a little milk), and sometimes mineral water, preferably sparkling.

April 19, 2012 at 11:53 AM · If I regularly practiced 10 hours a day, I'd be very tempted by a nice tall glass of hemlock!

April 19, 2012 at 06:04 PM · What in the world are you working on that requires 10 hours of practice per day???? Do you find that practicing for that long is actually productive? I think after that amount of time I'd say, "Forget the drink -- I'm gonna just go drown myself in the river!!!" I REALLY love practicing and playing, but after somewhere between two and three hours I feel like I've stopped accomplishing much.

April 20, 2012 at 03:09 PM · **Head-slap to myself** After re-reading Joe's original post, I think I must have been asleep the first time through. Guess it's time to go dust off my diploma from the Chester Hunnyhugger School for the Terminally Gullible! :D

April 21, 2012 at 04:19 PM · Maybe this thread will provide answers..

April 21, 2012 at 04:23 PM · Homebrew.

If I actually need to accomplish something? Homemade sugar free iced tea.

April 25, 2012 at 01:14 PM · I usually advise students to take breaks more often and drink mineral water. Way healthier than coffee or energy drinks.

April 25, 2012 at 01:29 PM · Depends on what I'm practicing...;)

April 25, 2012 at 03:35 PM · I think someone's having a little fun with us here. Fortunately, Emily is too. : )

And Millie, you beat me to the punch. He never specified WHAT he was practicing for those ten hours. I'm thinking navel-gazing, or coming up with new jokes for V.commers.

April 25, 2012 at 03:36 PM · Since I'm in the middle of a long heavy day with no let-up and with orchestra rehearsal this evening, I've just taken the plunge and invested in a large can of Red Bull. Michael, you may have hit on the answer. But I've never practised ten hours a day; I'd imagine that doing so might be the preserve of conservatory students who are either struggling to make the grade or dead set on hitting the heights.

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