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The woodshed, the opportunity

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by Shalto, Dec 2, 2020.


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  1. Shalto

    Shalto

    Aug 23, 2019
    Australia
    I never went to music school, but I heard that advice given to students has included something among the lines of:

    "practice as much as you can now because you will never have this much time again"

    One of lockdown's silver linings has been extra woodshed time. A unique chance to build those chops. I'm determined to make some use of it. Fortunately, due to working from home I can often spend my lunch break with my instrument rather than just go for a walk or eat out like when I was in the office. So I'm getting more time and it's more fun.

    Anyone else want to share their stories/tips of woodshedding in 2020 conditions?
     
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  2. mrcbass

    mrcbass

    Jan 14, 2016
    Sacramento, CA
    Good for you. I star5ted the lock down with that same mindset - I even set one my basses and a little amp in my home office, so I could pick it up and diddle for a few minutes while I was "working". But that didn't last long.
    I wish I'd had still had my "first year desire" when this hit, because this is exactly what we all should have been doing. But I actually went the other way, and played/practiced very little. Every time I forced myself to pick up the bass, I got uninterested after about 15 minutes.

    I'm starting to come out of it a little in the last month or so, but this has been pretty wasted time from that perspective. The fact that I worked myself to exhaustion every day in the yard for 4 months didn't help, but I started that project because I was bored.
     
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  3. Winslow

    Winslow

    Sep 25, 2011
    Group "W" Bench
    The whole stay home, work-at-home thing has actually cut into my musical pursuits pretty hard, as Mrs. Winslow and I share an office. Even if I were to play through headphones, I'd feel like I was being a disturbance to her while she's on her calls. So any notions I had about practicing more have pretty much gone out the proverbial window.

    As it happens, there's also been a lot of work to do on, in, and around Fort Winslow that involves actual wood. And hammers, and nails.nail guns, and heavy/noisy things, and trips to the "home center." So I've been getting a lot done, but it's only musical if I hammer things rhythmically. :wacky:

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  4. lfmn16

    lfmn16 Suspended Supporting Member

    Sep 21, 2011
    charles town, wv
    I've been working from home too. I usually practice an hour before work, and hour at lunch and an hour at the end of the day. No doubt I'm playing the best I've played since I was playing full time in my 20's. I've never had a problem with motivating myself to practice so the plague isn't a problem for me.
     
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  5. Shalto

    Shalto

    Aug 23, 2019
    Australia
    Interesting, what do you think was behind the lack of interest pre-yard project?
     
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  6. Shalto

    Shalto

    Aug 23, 2019
    Australia
    Hammer along to the radio and it's percussion!
     
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  7. Shalto

    Shalto

    Aug 23, 2019
    Australia
    The lack of a commute can add a little extra time at the end of the day sometimes. I must admit not having transport myself to work has meant more sleep rather than more practice, but given better sleep = better learning I'll still call it a wise choice of that hour.
     
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  8. BrotherMister

    BrotherMister

    Nov 4, 2013
    Scotland
    PVG Membership
    This is true, and it should be above every doorway and in ever rehearsal room in every music school.
     
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  9. mrcbass

    mrcbass

    Jan 14, 2016
    Sacramento, CA
    I don't really know, but I'm sure it had something to do with all the cancelled gigs. In March I had the fullest gig calendar of my - albeit short - gigging career and it felt like my primary band was finally starting to hit stride - plus I was playing with two other projects on the side. Had 5 gigs set up in a 3 week span! Having all those gigs just vanish was pretty disheartening. My primary band did manage to find three non paying gigs (one was a private event that WE financed) which helped us to stay interested as a band, and I practiced just enough to pull those off. We did resume somewhat regular rehearsals in June, but unless a gig was on the horizon, there wasn't a lot of commitment.

    It seems I've transitioned from a "just want to play and learn as much as I can" phase, to just playing to prep for gigs. I'm not particularly proud of it, but that seems to be the reality. Not that I don't have gaps in my technique, but it's been a few years since I've really spent much time on personal development. I pretty much focus on locking down and staying sharp on set list songs now. Used to play a least some (30-60 minutes) pretty much every day. From April to November it was closer to 30-60 minutes per week - if that much.

    Essentially no gigs to worry about, and nowhere to go, led me to take on one of my bigger home projects including burning off a couple of weeks of vacation time along the way.

    In November, having finished my project, I found that I enjoyed playing again just to play and aside from the dozen new songs my band is working out, I've begun exploring different strings (play strictly flats - put some rounds back on one of my basses) which is leading me to work on a technique that ha completely eluded me so far, so perhaps I'm out of the funk - for now anyway.
     
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  10. Shalto

    Shalto

    Aug 23, 2019
    Australia
    Yeah I think it's something easy to slip into, just learning a song but not doing independent practice. Probably really easy to slip into with three bands. I can get like that when I have to learn a whole bunch of songs in a short time

    Glad you are out of it
     
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