Warm weather practise

September 8, 2023, 1:57 PM · Hi all,
When it comes to practising when its warm, how do you keep cool? We have a bit of a heatwave here in the UK at the moment, and I am struggling.
I have a desk fan going and both my bedroom windows open, but after about 15 minutes or so, I become a puddle.
Any suggestions? Thanks!

Replies (9)

September 8, 2023, 2:16 PM · I live in England as well, to be honest I don't have any real problem, except with rosin. I just wear my shorts and t shirt, mind you I am an exercise fanatic and am used to getting extremely hot, which does cause a bit of a problem if I play after exercise, and have not completely cooled down, it is the fiddles turn to wear a t shirt to keep sweat off it.
September 8, 2023, 4:43 PM · Early morning before it gets too hot, or later in the evening when it cools down. A practice mute will probably be necessary!
September 8, 2023, 5:43 PM · Heatwave in UK !
Please don't make me laugh !!!!!

Come on :D :D
Would you prefer to live in Spain, on Italy?......
In northern Italy we had 39 degrees two weeks ago...........

Come on.... :)

September 8, 2023, 8:31 PM · Without an air conditioner, we in Florida are as good as dead. The heat and humidity are killers here.
September 8, 2023, 10:17 PM · I bought a small fan whose speed I regulate using a variable AC transformer. That helps a lot. It's just fast enough to be cooling but not fast enough to be audible.
Edited: September 9, 2023, 7:42 AM · The key is humidity. I have performed, outdoors at 100°F (38°C) and it once hit 119°F (48°C) (that's all in the shade) when we lived in the California desert. Evaporation is a fairly effective cooler - when it is dry. For that terribly hot day - a few minutes in the pool can keep you comfortable for a few hours - at least it worked that (almost 120°) day.

So - if its not too humud, I'd suggest a cold bath before you practice - and a gentle, quiet fan.

If you can keep your windows open at night to cool your home and close them before the outside temperature exceeds that inside and practice early you might be able to beat the heat.

September 13, 2023, 1:57 AM · A lighter set of clothes.
Edited: September 13, 2023, 9:51 AM · Perhaps it's an opportunity to practise under the overheated conditions of some of our concert venues? Seems to me that we seldom find perfect temperatures. Concerts are held in spaces that are either freezing or sweltering.
September 13, 2023, 10:42 AM · Look at the right side, front lower bout of many older violins and notice the lighter color. That is the sweat bleaching that comes from playing in uncomfortable climates. (Is it a badge of courage?)

I recall it happening to some of my instruments when I lived back east.

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