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Posted by Charlie ( on November 19, 2003 at 12:04:49:

In Reply to: Rough Spot? posted by A on November 18, 2003 at 06:53:48:

: I've been playing for about three to four years now and all was going well until recently. My playing has been somewhat inconsistent for the last month or so. Somedays i'm getting that steve harris, iron maiden sound and my figers are on fire! then other days i try some simple chili peppers stuff and miss half the damn notes. I'm not sure whether i'm not warming up properly, or if i've not been honing my skills properly and learned bad habits or what?!

: I think the problem is in warming up, and maybe even in attitude, when i start to get frustrated, my playing just goes to crap.

: any advice for relaxing muscles and my head before playing?

For anyone, at any level, there are days when your playing just won't seem to click. As you become more proficient technically, your bad days won't seem so bad, but they'll still occur. I've played for over thirty years, and there are still times when I get on stage and have trouble with stuff that I've been able to do for years. I don't know why that occurs, but I suspect part of it is mental. The thing to do is not worry about it so much and focus on stuff that does seem to work at that moment. If your fingers seem clumsy, focus on some mental aspect of playing, like tasteful simplicity. Often you'll find that by doing this, you'll be back in the groove in a short time. Another factor can be temperature. If it's a bit cold, your hands won't feel as nimble. If you've washed your hands just before playing, they may seem a bit tender from the moisture. Different tone settings can have a big effect on how the instrument feels in your hands. There are lots of factors that can contribute to what you describe, but my main advice is that you not get too concerned about it and just keep on playing.

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