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rustystrings2



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PostPosted: Thu Dec 12, 2013 6:32 pm    Post subject: Attacking your weaknesses Reply with quote

Decided to post to this woefully underutilized forum about an interesting (to me) topic: attacking your weaknesses.

Several years ago I realized that certain aspects of my playing were totally weak. Now, if you listen to Steve enough, you'll probably conclude that it's ALL weak, but that doesn't get us anywhere. So for the purposes of this discussion, I'll define a weakness as anything you reach for when you are improvising, but you just can't get.

So I decided to concentrate on those things. Without getting too specific I'll just say that it was certain types of ascending runs and sweeps.

I concentrated on those things mostly, with some other basics thrown in for variety.

The bad news: they still don't show up in my playing. Sure I could consciously throw them in, but thinking is the kiss of death for me and it disrupts whatever flow I'm occasionally able to achieve.

The good news: apparently a rising tide lifts all boats, and my playing overall has improved tremendously. That might not be saying a lot in my case, but there it is.

Has anyone else had a similar experience? It's so strange and maybe I'm just exaggerating because these things do show up, but not very often at all.
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 17, 2013 7:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yeah, sure.

I think I get what you're sayng.

Maybe it's the byproduct of just giving any area specific and focused attention?

Not sure.

And who knows, maybe some of those runs and techniques will come out at some point?
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 24, 2013 10:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

As Steve has said before, you just have to out the work in and not get over-worried about it. It will come. The thing about technique per se is that it tends to improve in sudden jumps, punctuated by plateaus. It's basically a matter of neurology. We now know a fair bit about learning at the neural level. You have to repeat and repeat a given neuromuscular activity to get those new connections and networks growing. When they're finally in place, there's a sudden leap.
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 26, 2013 6:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks guys. Hope you had a good Christmas and Happy New Year too.

I figured as much with the idea that these things happen sort of automatically.

Not long after I really started buckling down a few years ago I DID have a sudden leap.

I guess I'm just hungry for another one.

Back to work...

Cheers!
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