Playing in Chemo ward

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Playing in Chemo ward

Post by kirolak » Sat Mar 30, 2019 4:28 pm

I have been asked to play some "soothing" guitar music to patients undergoing chemo treatments; not sure what to play. . .I don't want to have to take an umbrella with me to ward off rotten tomatoes, so not too demanding to play, not too intrusive, I suppose. Lagrima comes to mind, along with a number of simpler Aguado pieces, but what about Bach or Scarlatti?

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Re: Playing in Chemo ward

Post by OldPotter » Sat Mar 30, 2019 4:57 pm

I'm not sure how much the piece of music matters, some will like it others not, most will not have heard of it. Good for you for offering a distraction. :bravo:
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Re: Playing in Chemo ward

Post by Mollbarre » Sat Mar 30, 2019 5:34 pm

What a nice thing to do! :D

I wouldn't worry about music choices either - soothing is nice, but if you're too soothing for too long it may get depressing. I don't think anyone there wants more depressing...

Maybe just don't channel your inner Uriah Heep...
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Re: Playing in Chemo ward

Post by Kent » Sat Mar 30, 2019 5:42 pm

Uriah Heep is OK if it is quietly played!

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Re: Playing in Chemo ward

Post by lagartija » Sat Mar 30, 2019 7:40 pm

Some Barrios...like Julia Florida would be nice.
Bach can be very nice too.
I plan on playing the Allemande from 996 in the same sort of situation.
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Re: Playing in Chemo ward

Post by MessyTendon » Tue Apr 02, 2019 7:36 am

Play whatever you like, if anything I think I wouldn't worry so much about what to play. It would be far more important to make small talk by explaining the pieces. Some people will really enjoy hearing a talk...especially a talk that doesn't pertain to arbitrary numbers regarding blood counts or cancer stats.

Tell the history of the music.

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Re: Playing in Chemo ward

Post by Mollbarre » Sun Jun 09, 2019 6:57 pm

Kent wrote:
Sat Mar 30, 2019 5:42 pm
Uriah Heep is OK if it is quietly played!
BTW - I went to see Uriah Heep, followed by Judas Priest, last night.

My first (and likely last) heavy metal concert!

"Loud" would be an understatement... :shock:

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Re: Playing in Chemo ward

Post by BrunoB » Sat Jun 15, 2019 7:21 pm

I am sure that whatever you play will go down well. It is an opportunity for the patients, and staff, to forget about their own situations and your music selection doesn't necessarily have to reflect the reality. Perhapd you should choose music which engages the mind as well as the heart!

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Re: Playing in Chemo ward

Post by soltirefa » Sat Jun 15, 2019 7:58 pm

This reminds me of Andrew Schulman's playing at the ICU, where he was once a patient. Check this out.

https://itg.gigmasters.com/guitarist-an ... lman-heals

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Re: Playing in Chemo ward

Post by Amy Gaudia » Sun Jun 16, 2019 3:38 pm

Hi,
It's very thoughtful of you, and it is an honor to play music in this setting. You are wise to be carefully selecting your repertoire. I have a little bit of experience playing in healing and medical situations and I have learned from others and have experienced first hand, that patients, care givers and visiting family members are very sensitive to the music. I would avoid just playing anything. Here are a few suggestions:

Gymnopedie No. 1 (and probably the others by Satie as well)
Jesu Joy of Man's Desiring, Bach
Air on a G string, Bach
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Re: Playing in Chemo ward

Post by Kevin L Benbow » Sun Jun 16, 2019 10:27 pm

I have played in a hospital, at funerals, and assisted living facilities. I'm so glad to hear that you are doing this. The people will love it.

This is my bias, but people do call these composers "soothing." Of course, most music on the CG is.

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Re: Playing in Chemo ward

Post by MichaelT » Tue Aug 06, 2019 7:23 pm

I've spent some time with my buddy who's undergoing chemo at a Seattle facility, and there have been guitar players there for the patients. I always thank the guitarist for volunteering time at the center; it really makes a difference. My deepest thanks to everyone who does this.

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Re: Playing in Chemo ward

Post by Steve Ganz » Tue Aug 06, 2019 8:00 pm

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