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better and better

Posted by pcfive on Sunday, March 6, 2011

 In recent weeks I suddenly felt like I got much better. I practice at least 2 hours on most days, so it's no surprise that my playing would improve. But it does seem to go in steps. My recordings definitely sound better to me now, where in the past I usually thought they were awful. Now I seem to be able to play louder with much less effort. I am still not real fast, but I am pretty fast. And I definitely think the tone is  a lot better. 

Of course I am nowhere near as good as I want to be. But I really feel a lot more confident now. Tone and timing, volume and speed, have been the biggest challenges for me. I feel like I have overcome some obstacles and things are starting to look  a lot brighter.

Because I had so much work to do on tone and timing, I couldn't spend a lot of time learning songs and studying concepts. But lately I have been spending some time studying my Janet Davis books, including Up the Neck, which has been great. And I have been spending a little time playing from tabs, which I had not allowed myself to do for a while.

I am trying to improve my knowledge of standard licks. And trying to get more skillful at backup and up the neck patterns. Also improvising, which I am pretty bad at.

Well I mainly want to say that after 2+ years of focus on tone and timing, I feel a whole lot better about my playing. I have more confidence about continuing on this journey, which has been so fun and rewarding.



3 comments on “better and better”

Banjov1 Says:
Sunday, March 6, 2011 @9:49:56 PM

Very encouraging pcfive. When you stick with it like you seem to be doing, every once in a while you have a break through couple of days.... and boy does that feel great.

Keep it up!!

Augie Says:
Monday, March 7, 2011 @3:50:33 AM

pcfive's, I'm staying with it, even though I wonder at times what will come of it. I truly believe that, "Even a blind squirrel will find an acorn once in a while". There are definitely plateaus in learning. Good job. Augie

pcfive Says:
Monday, March 7, 2011 @9:10:56 AM

I think you have to stick with it at least 2 years. I think learning the basics of any skill takes about 2 years, so I expected it to be a frustrating stage. Now I really feel like I have started to get the basic skill, which is really amazing to me, because I thought maybe I never would.

We experience continual progress, but it does go in steps, and I really felt a sudden difference recently. Whenever I experience this, other people seem to notice also, and that verifies my own perception.

I was over 50 when I started, so don't think you're too old to learn. I think it's about 2 years for everyone, old or young. Just my theory.

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