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Reducing Pain

Hi! I've been practicing the marimba a lot recently, and I have blisters on my fingers. My forearms are very sore and painful too (I can't even stretch them now). Could anyone give me some tips on reducing pain/preventing them in the first place? Thanks in advance!!! 

The Violin

A violin is taken to hospital. The doctor examines her and says:
"There's nothing wrong with you. But you broke your bow. How did that happen?"
Violin: "I only remember the thunderous applause for the composer."
Doctor: "Do you remember his name?"
Violin: "No. I think he was on the first page of the sheet music."