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Instrument:Taking a break can improve your playing

harmonic miner 09 Mar 11 - 05:51 AM
Kit Griffiths 09 Mar 11 - 05:56 AM
Alan Day 09 Mar 11 - 05:59 AM
Bobert 09 Mar 11 - 06:42 AM
GUEST,MikeL2 09 Mar 11 - 06:42 AM
Will Fly 09 Mar 11 - 07:17 AM
harmonic miner 09 Mar 11 - 11:09 AM
Deckman 09 Mar 11 - 11:17 AM
GUEST,leeneia 09 Mar 11 - 02:13 PM
GUEST,Alan Whittle 09 Mar 11 - 02:15 PM
Crowhugger 09 Mar 11 - 02:40 PM
Dorothy Parshall 09 Mar 11 - 02:42 PM
MikeL2 09 Mar 11 - 02:54 PM
Gurney 10 Mar 11 - 01:21 AM
C-flat 10 Mar 11 - 03:12 AM
MikeL2 10 Mar 11 - 05:49 AM
GUEST,Desi C 10 Mar 11 - 07:40 AM
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Subject: BS: Taking a break can improve your playing
From: harmonic miner
Date: 09 Mar 11 - 05:51 AM

Anyone find a break can really improve your playing sometimes? I hadn't practiced much harmonica for ages, concentrating on songs/guitar instead. Last night I thought I'd barely keep up at our pub session but was surprised to find that I played pretty well (though I say so myself). Practice is essential but a break can be good too.


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Subject: RE: BS: Taking a break can improve your playing
From: Kit Griffiths
Date: 09 Mar 11 - 05:56 AM

My break's lasted about ten years so far -I should be FANTASTIC if I start again!


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Subject: RE: BS: Taking a break can improve your playing
From: Alan Day
Date: 09 Mar 11 - 05:59 AM

It enables you to take two steps back and analyse your playing.
A slower and quieter approach can also do wonders.So many (including myself on many occasions)play with all guns blazing, where a certain amount of control can be lost due to speed, or powerful playing.
A break can create a more relaxed way of playing thus creating more control.
Al


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Subject: RE: BS: Taking a break can improve your playing
From: Bobert
Date: 09 Mar 11 - 06:42 AM

Yes, it does...

So do some hand injuries, as well...

But both can work the other way, too...

B~


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Subject: RE: BS: Taking a break can improve your playing
From: GUEST,MikeL2
Date: 09 Mar 11 - 06:42 AM

hi

I took an enforced break through illness that prevented me from playing and singing for nearly ten years.

I had cancer of the throat and obviously my voice took a bashing through the radiotherapy treatment. Luckily after those years I have recovered enough to be able to sing to myself......not in public.

During this time I never touched my guitar either and when I did finally pick it up again I have found it difficult to attain my previous proficiency.

Some of this is due to the ageing process that has stiffened up my hands, especially the left hand so that I can no longer played barre chords very easily. Also fingering some of the more complicated chords is a bit of a problem too.

However I am practising regularly again and there is some improvement but I have had to adjust my action and style to suit my physical capability.

Cheers

Mikel2


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Subject: RE: BS: Taking a break can improve your playing
From: Will Fly
Date: 09 Mar 11 - 07:17 AM

Not BS - surely?

It's often the way that, after a short illness (for example), picking up an instrument again blows away some of the automatic cobwebs that we place there without thinking. So - yes - a break here and there, interspersed with periods of hard practising, can be beneficial.

As for longer-term illness, my sympathies for those whose music has suffered, and positive thoughts for improvement. Take it steady and try not to be impatient and frustrated. :-)


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Subject: RE: BS: Taking a break can improve your playing
From: harmonic miner
Date: 09 Mar 11 - 11:09 AM

Wasn't sure if any other category than BS was appropriate. If some can move it, all the better.

Anyway, I am talking about a break of a week or two. I might normally play a number of tunes at my weekly session, and practice 2 or 3 times a week at home, but I had not done so for a few weeks.


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Subject: RE: BS: Taking a break can improve your playing
From: Deckman
Date: 09 Mar 11 - 11:17 AM

Many years ago, when I moved from the Seattle area to the Santa Cruz mountains of California, I hung up my guitar for two years. I'd been singing 4 or 5 nights a weeks in coffee houses, and I was simnply burned out and feeling like a prostitute.

When I picked up my guitar again, all my energy was back and I felt driven again to present my songs. That was 43 years ago, and my drive still contues! bob(deckman)nelson


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Subject: RE: BS: Taking a break can improve your playing
From: GUEST,leeneia
Date: 09 Mar 11 - 02:13 PM

Hi, MikeL2. I'm glad to hear you are enjoying your guitar again.

As for barre chords, I've never been able to play one. Yet I play music with my friends and sometimes lead the singing at church. You can have a lot of fun without barre chords.


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Subject: RE: BS: Taking a break can improve your playing
From: GUEST,Alan Whittle
Date: 09 Mar 11 - 02:15 PM

Not for me it can't. I play rubbish if I miss a couple of days, and my nails grow.


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Subject: RE: BS: Taking a break can improve your playing
From: Crowhugger
Date: 09 Mar 11 - 02:40 PM

Yes I've had that experience too, hm; typically works that way as long as my break was short enough that I didn't lose my calluses. For me it's provided both renewed energy and fresh perspective toward certain songs and toward playing/singing in general.

To apply the principle song by song, I've put certain ones away for a while. When I need refreshed energy or viewpoint but don't have the luxury of time, I've had some success by writing out the lyrics trying out different ways of breaking the lines as if it's free verse, to push myself to really look at what meanings I've assumed are there and what other meanings may be available...oddly, this exercise also refreshes my playing even though I always expect it will apply to my singing.


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Subject: RE: BS: Taking a break can improve your playing
From: Dorothy Parshall
Date: 09 Mar 11 - 02:42 PM

Not a musician, except to sing, I am a potter and I find that even a break of five years does not diminish my work. I suspect it is because I think it might, so I focus more. Or because I am so glad to be back in the mud!


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Subject: RE: BS: Taking a break can improve your playing
From: MikeL2
Date: 09 Mar 11 - 02:54 PM

hi Leenia

Thanks for the nice comments.

I am getting used to finding other chord shapes to get around not being able to barre.

I sing and play at home and to the family. The kids enjoy it, especially when they can join in. Great-grandson is only 14 months old so he is a bit off key in the choruses.

Pleased to hear that you are enjoying your playing.

Kind Regards

Mikel2


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Subject: RE: BS: Taking a break can improve your playing
From: Gurney
Date: 10 Mar 11 - 01:21 AM

I have the same stiffening as Mike, but I can Barre, it just hurts to play in C.
Guess which chord best suits my voice!


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Subject: RE: BS: Taking a break can improve your playing
From: C-flat
Date: 10 Mar 11 - 03:12 AM

I think taking a break from playing can revitalise your enthusiasm for playing rather than improve it.
I've taken short breaks in the past, usually after a very busy period or maybe if I've been recording and my ears are battered from too much listening.
Fresh, rested ears and new strings give me a new lease of life. It's like returning to a song you used to play all the time and then got bored with. Years later it can sound brand new all over again.
C-flat


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Subject: RE: Instrument:Taking a break can improve your playing
From: MikeL2
Date: 10 Mar 11 - 05:49 AM

Hi Gurney.

I have problems with playing the C chord too. But I just "fiddle" it by either playing four or five string chords in the 1st position or four strings at the 3rd fret. It works for me in most cases.

The other way I do it is to use a capo and play in G. This does not suit all types of songs but I use it for some that do sound OK that way.

Many times I curse the clumsy bugger who stomped on my hand whilst playing rugby.!!!!!

Regards

MikeL2


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Subject: RE: Instrument:Taking a break can improve your playing
From: GUEST,Desi C
Date: 10 Mar 11 - 07:40 AM

Yes I have found the same. I have quite serious Osteo Arthritis, affects my fingers among other parts, couple of time I left my guitar alone for a few days due to sore fingers. When I picked it up again, not only less painful but I did play much better, so now every few weeks I take a few days rest and come with renewed enthusiasm for both guitar and singing


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Subject: RE: Instrument:Taking a break can improve your playing
From: Green Man
Date: 11 Mar 11 - 06:57 AM

I stopped playing because the regular sassion I used to go to stopped and mates who joined in went off in other directions. Anyway I am going to get back into it. (By hook or by crook) :)


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Subject: RE: Instrument:Taking a break can improve your playing
From: Tootler
Date: 11 Mar 11 - 06:05 PM

I have found a short break can often help. This is particularly true if you have been working on a passage which has been causing problems. After a short break, quite often the problem passage somehow seems to "come together". I suspect it may be something to do with taking the pressure off giving your brain time to assimilate the finger movements (or whatever) so that they "settle in" so to speak.


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