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As I'm sure we all know, health is an important part of being a musician. Pianists tend to be especially concerned with their hands, and singers tend to be concerned about everything located above the diaphragm.

Of course, this extends to guitarists, trombonists, what have you. This question: How can I toughen up my fingertips? raised the topic of how these questions should be tagged.

, and both refer to different enough topics that I don't think they should apply here. The tag might be useful for pianists specifically, but perhaps would be more inclusive? There could also be , which is a little different, and , which might be too broad.

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I like and the best, but I think they could be a little more obvious to the community, like if they were instead and . That said, what's the official stance on combining consecutive tags like and ? That might be a good option, since it very easily categorizes everything as "physical" while still breaking out into "conditioning" and "health" in a way that would be easy for posters to use.

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I don't really like . It doesn't seem like it should be used for anything except questions actually discussing the hand -- improving hand strength, problems with hand pain, etc. -- but I don't think it's really useful in that case. We're not likely to have a group of kinesiologists with music as a hobby following such a tag, and I think it would be enough to cover it with other tags and details in the question.

I think would be good for the hand strength question, and for the hand pain question. They're more general and more related to the purpose of the question than purely the particular bit of anatomy involved. I definitely think has the opposite problem, though, being way to broad. It would be better to tag with the a more specific physical issue than just "body".

As for my question about toughening fingertips, I do like . It's another "purpose" tag instead of a "this is the body part involved" tag, and thus more useful. It's also a common term for the class of actions under consideration, and clear. I've applied it to my question.

  • Another reason not to use body is because it refers to the body of an instrument. – Tamara Wijsman May 8 '11 at 20:52
  • Thinking about it, exercises could refer to playing an instrument and conditioning about maintaining an instrument. These might require a finger- prefix... – Tamara Wijsman May 8 '11 at 21:01
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I like the idea of because it covers all of the aforementioned tags.

However I can see that if you didn't know what it meant (e.g. from reading this meta question) you might struggle to see what was meant.

  • Not sure about the downvote, but I think this might not be very obvious to users. I do like how it contrasts with the 'mental' side of music, though. – NReilingh May 1 '11 at 3:46
  • Doesn't physical become to broad then? – Tamara Wijsman May 8 '11 at 21:02

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