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toddinjax



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PostPosted: Fri May 20, 2011 3:26 am    Post subject: Did you ever feel like ... Reply with quote

..your playing was about to reach a new plateau, things were really coming together...and then two days later... feel like you're just lost, sinking, kidding yourself...then two days later........ ?
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trotsky



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PostPosted: Fri May 20, 2011 11:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Only constantly..... Rolling Eyes
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PaulD



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PostPosted: Fri May 20, 2011 12:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes, except I feel lost, sinking and kidding myself after 1 day, not 2.Laughing

I think it's a normal cycle. We all have good days and bad days. I've dealt with it in different ways - grin and bear it, take it as an opportunity to go back and review basics, try something completely different than what you normally work on, take some time off, do a lot of listening, take smaller steps, re-visit and adjust short-term goals, etc.

Maybe the good days are when we're on cruise control, using what we already know, and the harder days are when we're learning, growing and trying to adapt lots of new things.

Paul
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JakeJew



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PostPosted: Fri May 20, 2011 10:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

This is every day for me. Sometimes I feel like a f***ing champ, then something happens (usually something in a session) that makes me feel like I'm a total newb.

I've been working on picking a LOT lately. Like, for a year it's been a focus. I did a bpm test with a scale exercise back in November, and then I tried again a few days ago having not done the test since then (so 6 months.) ZERO bpm progress. It was on a Saturday and I had to spend the rest of the day in bed shivering. I'm ok with it now...I realize it wasn't really a great gauge of the progress I made and the kind of stuff I was working on, but still...that was a kick in the nuts. We're probably talking a hundred hours practicing picking, and zero progress on this particular figure...

But I think I figured out the secret - just keep getting better and never stop to take stock of what level you're at...if you take a day to feel filled with pride and get a little cocky, you're going to have another day where you want to smash all your guitars, rip off the strings and hang yourself with them.
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toddinjax



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PostPosted: Sat May 21, 2011 2:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

To be fair Jake, just because you didn't test "faster" when you did the test, does NOT mean that have haven't improved your picking. You're probably much better able to articulate things, whether legato or staccato, add accents, dynamics.
I'll also add that PaulD's comments hit me like a ton of bricks! I wish I naturally had that positive an outlook. You have to push yourself and strive for improvement but at the same time not be a ball buster on yourself and take the enjoyment out of it.
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trotsky



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PostPosted: Sat May 21, 2011 1:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The real trick for me has always been to maintain a healthy balance between serious study and the idea that this is supposed to be enjoyable.
It is easy to forget that the guitar itself is actually really cool. Sometimes just picking it up without a specific goal/piece in mind and just giving those strings a strum does wonders for me.
...holding it tight to you and just feeling that thing vibrate helps me remember why I was drawn to this instrument in the first place..
Starting from there really does seem to help.
I have never been a consistent player.
Some days it comes so so easy and others I would swear that I have never played the guitar before.
That is one of the main reasons why I stayed away from making music a career choice.
Now when I have an off day I just laugh and usually go fishing! Wink
...kind of useless advice..but that is all I got!! Laughing
It is a mad world and we're all in this together!!!
Gene
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mr. beaumont



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PostPosted: Tue May 24, 2011 2:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The more I play, I discover that if I THINK I've gotten better, I usually haven't.

I know I've made strides when I pull something off I didn't see coming...it's like "Whoa, where the hell did that come from?"
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