Anyone ever get the yips?
I'm feeling a little like Steve Sax....
I've played most of my life (I've been playing for 30 years)
Most of the last 10 years it's been doing the Worship thing, admittedly I had become complacent. Run the songs once before rehersal, run it once before service and I could nail it. I switched churches about 9 months ago, and started playing with my new worship team 7 months ago. I put in extra time because I wanted to make sure I was tight.
For the last month, I can't play, I don't reherse well and I kinda suck. I'm stepping on the groove, I'm throwing out plenty of sour notes, my timing is weak (always the strongest part of my game)
It is like I'm a second basemen that struggles to throw the ball to first.
Anyone else ever have a case of the musical yips?
Any suggestions? (I'm usually and decent player) but I'm starting to not enjoy playing because I am starting to doubt my ability....
I'm putting in the practice time, and can get somewhat tight with that , but once I'm live .... :(
Sounds to me like you need to get away from the bass for a while. Take a break from the bass for a few days to a week or two, then see what happens. You could be overanalyzing things while you're playing, and a small break might be just what you need to relax and just play. ;)
I've been doing the church thing too for about 10 years, and I had my first real "burn out" last fall. Took an entire month off of playing, and practicing maybe 1 or 2 times a week. Came back to the team with a better attitude, refreshed spirit, and better feel. Perhaps that is the issue? Either way, I know the feeling.
In Germany, they call it "Ach du meine GŁte, nichts geht mehr, aber wirklich gar nichts mehr!"
Why would they speak English in Germany?
*me too :-)
I've found with myself, that those times I think that I "suck" are actually when I am in a sort-of transitional phase to hitting another playing plateau. You've been putting in the practice time, and perhaps the reason you think you suck now is because you are now fully aware of the flaws in your playing. Your playing is probably as solid as ever.
My advice: Push forward, embrace this feeling and you will come out the other side a better player. Pay attention to what exactly is causing the problems and work on those things.
* I also think that a break can be beneficial as well. Sometimes when I practice really hard for a few weeks, I start to think about theory and techniques ALL the time instead of thinking about music.
This might seem off base (just...don't), but how are you feeling the new church? Is it possible that some issues or unresolved feelings w/ your new house of worship or team could be causing you grief and inadvertently affecting your playing? I only mention this because you say you nail it when practicing by yourself, but once you're 'live', you go skunk. After 10 years, the only thing that seems to have changed is your environment...might be something to consider.
Acronyms as always,
I do this for a living and can't take time off. I try to learn something new and totally different. Maybe a different kind of music. I play in bars and larger venues as well where the vibe is a bit looser than church. Getting a new axe will make your interest peak too.
I know I am not helping much the OP about the problem, but if it is of any consolation, the issue seems to enjoy diversity and vas deployment through several cultures around the world.
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