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Georg

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Perhaps it might help you too. 

A few weeks ago, when I was playing a song (not flamenco), I was always making the same error, always at the same time. You know this situation?

Then I remembered my driving instructor when I was learning to drive a motorbike. He told me that if I ever had to do a change maneuver, I should not concentrate on the point I don't want to go to, but on the point I want to go to.

Then I realized that I do this mistake when I'm playing guitar. Like in the song mentioned above. I always thought:"Don't take this finger" or something like this.

Then I tried to think the other way. I thought of the finger I had to use and it worked. It works not only for this song, but for a lot of parts in songs I had problems with.

It must be a psychological thing. Ailsa what do you think?


Try it, perhaps it will work for you too.
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Ailsa

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RE: Perhaps it might help you too. (in reply to Georg

quote:

It must be a psychological thing. Ailsa what do you think?


I think this is one of those tips that is not rocket science but can make a lot of difference.

I remember when I was doing some research for my degree and reaching a conclusion, and I thought 'I could have reached that conclusion with 5 minutes thought and a bit of common sense' Now you know why I didn't go into research.....

The way you think about things can certainly affect the way you play, and indeed the way you do anything! But you don't need to have studied psychology to know that.
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Doitsujin

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RE: Perhaps it might help you too. (in reply to Georg

No to ignore parts which are too hard to play is not a good idea. I would concentrate especially on that, look for the best way to play it. ( make it simpler for the first time) and train it.
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Ailsa

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RE: Perhaps it might help you too. (in reply to Doitsujin

I agree Doit you can't ignore the difficult bits, but I don't think that's what Georg is saying, he is saying 'have in your mind the way to WANT it to go, the correct way - don't be thinking about the mistake you usually make'. Sort of like positive thinking.

Have I misunderstood you Georg?
  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Jan. 5 2008 23:59:51
 
Georg

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RE: Perhaps it might help you too. (in reply to Georg

No Ailsa, you've understood me right.

Actually the parts I'm talking about are rather easy to play.

I'm not talking about me trying to play Paco de Lucia runs...
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Ron.M

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RE: Perhaps it might help you too. (in reply to Georg

Interesting stuff.

My biggest problem is that if I am playing (or even speaking) in a public situation, there is this little demon that sits on my shoulder and keeps whispering into my ear.."You are REALLY going to screw up BADLY here...NO doubt about it...especially when you get to THAT bit".

I guess the only answer to this phobia and other stage fright or self-consciousness issues is just to put yourself through it again and again until you desensitise yourself from them.
The more you avoid them then the stronger and more rooted the problem becomes IMO.

cheers,

Ron

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