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ToddK

 

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Taking a break 

So this is sort of related to other posts ive been reading about lengthy
practice sessions.

Recently, ive had some things happen in my life that made me take some
"Inventory" of my life. Namely, my father passing away on March 30th.
Also, a combonation of the Flu, and horrible allergies took me down pretty hard
as well.
So i ended up putting the guitar down completely for a couple of weeks.

I must say, its been a bit depressing, but i started playing again yesterday, finally, and wow, my hands feel absolutely revived. I can feel that i have lost some stamina, and some calluses, but i feel ive gained more than i lost.

So dont underestimate the benefit of taking some time off once in a while.

Cheers all,
TK

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  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Apr. 10 2010 10:47:55
 
xirdneH_imiJ

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RE: Taking a break (in reply to ToddK

I'm very sorry to hear about your loss, Todd, my condolences.

it's happened to me a couple of times, that due to work and other things i didn't touch my guitar for days, never weeks though and always found that after picking it up again there's more inspiration, more creative energy and especially a clear way of hearing - not sure how to put this into words...but i agree, that every once in a while a break is much better for your playing than hours of practice day after day...
  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Apr. 10 2010 10:55:54
 
at_leo_87

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RE: Taking a break (in reply to ToddK

hey todd, i'm very sorry for you loss. and i hope you've recovered well from the flu.

about practice sessions, i think it's a good idea to stop at a point where you're left wanting a little more. just like eating, it's bad to stuff yourself beyond what you're able to handle. doing this has helped me stay super focused and inspired the next day.

and i find that if i decide to take a break from guitar, it's good to go all out and completely forget the guitar and do something totally unrelated.

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  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Apr. 10 2010 11:04:46
 
Ron.M

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RE: Taking a break (in reply to ToddK

Hey Todd,

Wishing you well amigo and that you get over this rough patch.

Even Napoleon said that there were times to advance and times to dig in.

cheers,

Ron
  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Apr. 10 2010 11:10:26
 
minordjango

 

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RE: Taking a break (in reply to ToddK

hey Todd,
im also wishing you the best,and just positive thoughts every video you have posted was gold , in any genre, and your advice is just numero uno.

hope u relax and do what you need to do , the world needs u, i think PDl himself is wanting to play sonique like you !.
ill never forget that upload or your SRV

take care rest well
  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Apr. 10 2010 11:14:34
 
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RE: Taking a break (in reply to ToddK

Stay sharp Todd. We are waiting for more brilliant playing! Yes,.. sometimes breaks are necessary. You also get rid of pain in the arms and your nails can heal up.
  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Apr. 10 2010 13:32:15

ToddK

 

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RE: Taking a break (in reply to Doitsujin

Thanks for the support all. Much appreciated.

Im doing really well all things considered.

Yeah, Doit, my nails were so overgrown, i was filing for a half hour
to get them back to normal.

TK

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  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Apr. 10 2010 13:36:01
 
Ailsa

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RE: Taking a break (in reply to ToddK

Hey Todd sorry for your loss. I remember when my father died and even though that's years ago, I know it was a tough time.

Good advice as always. I recently took a week off to take an intensive dance course and I felt I should concentrate properly on that. I was worried that I would lose the progress I had recently made. When I came back to it I hadn't forgotten anything and really felt good about playing again.

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  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Apr. 10 2010 13:49:19
 
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RE: Taking a break (in reply to ToddK

Sorry to hear about your loss Todd, Best wishes to you.

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  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Apr. 10 2010 17:02:58
 
duende

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RE: Taking a break (in reply to ToddK

Sorry about your dad Todd.

I´ve had a "flamenco break" since November. Maybe its time to start playing again.

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  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Apr. 10 2010 20:59:04
 
HolyEvil

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RE: Taking a break (in reply to ToddK

hey mate.. sorry to hear about ya dad.. hope you're holding up alright.
  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Apr. 10 2010 23:05:17
 
mrMagenta

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RE: Taking a break (in reply to ToddK

I am saddened to hear about your loss, and wish you strenght to get through the difficult times.

I too recognize the good feeling in the hands, and ears, after taking a break. If i play every day in the week for a long period, it feels as though someone has put a large wet towel through the soundhole.
  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Apr. 11 2010 0:22:40
 
Escribano

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RE: Taking a break (in reply to ToddK

My condolences Todd. It's a a tear in the fabric when a parent passes away.

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  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Apr. 11 2010 1:09:27
 
Ramirez

 

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RE: Taking a break (in reply to ToddK

Hi Todd,

Though of course, we don't know each other, the nice thing about the foro is that all the main contributors feel like old friends - I've found your contributions to this forum inspiring over the years.

I'm sorry to hear about your loss, and I wish you strength.

And as for taking a break once in a while - I've found that you always return refreshed and invigorated...
  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Apr. 11 2010 2:09:02

ToddK

 

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RE: Taking a break (in reply to ToddK

Thanks all. Your warm words mean so much to me.

They really do.

Thanks so much!

TK

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  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Apr. 11 2010 9:51:06
 
Francisco

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RE: Taking a break (in reply to ToddK

Really sorry for your loss, Todd. Wishing you the best!
  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Apr. 11 2010 11:39:29
 
sean65

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RE: Taking a break (in reply to ToddK

Hey Todd,

Sorry you had to take a break under those circumstances but you're absolutely right.

I've only been playing since the beginning of the year and was making steady progress until I was faced with the 4 finger rasgeo technique. After a month of daily exercises dealing with that technique I gave up through frustration and went on to something else.

Now that I gone back to it, it's very nearly there. No more pumped burning forearm either. Still some way to go but the break was really good.

Interesting eh? Perhaps we push too hard to nail something and forget about the breaks.

Anyway, hope things are moving on for you.
  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Apr. 16 2010 10:00:03
 
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RE: Taking a break (in reply to ToddK

My condolences. All the best.
  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Apr. 17 2010 6:24:37

ToddK

 

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RE: Taking a break (in reply to ToddK

Thanks guys.

Hey JG, i saw your post about your recent sinus infection. Im just getting over
on too. They are so painful and nasty. Yuk!

TK

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  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Apr. 17 2010 11:25:05
 
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RE: Taking a break (in reply to ToddK

Very sorry to hear that. My condolences. Something in life we all go through and can relate with eventually. Take care
  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Apr. 17 2010 18:23:04
 
guitarbuddha

 

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RE: Taking a break (in reply to ToddK

I just read this and my thoughts are with you.

I don't know if you feel this yet but I am sure you know he will always be with you.

D.
  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Apr. 18 2010 6:10:34
 
jg7238

 

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RE: Taking a break (in reply to ToddK

They are horrible. I'd rather not eat for 2 days than have this. You can't describe it really.




quote:

Hey JG, i saw your post about your recent sinus infection.
  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Apr. 18 2010 9:59:28
 
Jamey

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RE: Taking a break (in reply to ToddK

Hey TK, it's been a long time. Very sorry to hear about the loss. I know mine is just yet another posting on the internet and of little comfort, but behind it is real sentiment. Know that your dad is still with you, watching over you, smiling with pride and bragging to the others around him that "hey, that's MY son right there".

Take care,
Jamey
  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Apr. 20 2010 18:45:19

ToddK

 

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RE: Taking a break (in reply to ToddK

Your warm comments really mean more than you know. Seriously.

Thank you. I definately feel my dad is still with me, and watching over me
and the rest of my family.

Cheers all

TK

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  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Apr. 20 2010 19:57:25
 
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RE: Taking a break (in reply to ToddK

Condolences, Todd.

I play a lot -- maybe 4-5 hours a day every day. But when I take a day or 2 break (usually not voluntarily) I find that I come back noticeably stronger, faster, more precise. This phenomenon is so reliable, I've started taking the day off before an important gig. I think that keeping the muscles constantly fatigued without giving them a chance to recover may be counterproductive in some ways. Playing daily is good for the brain, maybe, and good for learning, but bad for the hands?

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