This guide is for anyone who wants to play live music to the ailing at the bedside. It takes the reader into the world of comfort care, illustrates what musical instruments are appropriate, suggests how to use the major principles of music: rhythm, harmony and melody. It tells how music affects the body in five basic ways, both physiological and psychological. Expectations and behavior in the sickroom are highlighted, as well as simple communication skills in assessing patient needs. The reader will learn how music can address those suffering from pain and anxiety. For the more ambitious reader, simple modal music theory is illustrated for improvisation with exercises. Nine examples from the three music strains are included. Comes with a CD.